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Journaling as The Way to be Happy

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Accomplishments make people more motivated and positive. Checking them from time to time makes you remember how far you’ve gone and how valuable these achievements are to you. 

Create a "goals log" in your journal. You’ll always see that you’ve got something to look forward to.

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Journaling as The Way to be Happy

Journaling as The Way to be Happy

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Write a thank-you letter

... to the bad experiences and negative people you can't stop thinking about. 

Thank them for the lessons you’ve learned, because they helped you to become better.

Recall good things

Our brains tend to remember more of the bad stuff that has happened to us.

Write down precious moments and you’ll see your progress and find positive things that slipped your attention.

Write your goals

Accomplishments make people more motivated and positive. Checking them from time to time makes you remember how far you’ve gone and how valuable these achievements are to you. 

Create a "goals log" in your journal. You’ll always see that you’ve got something to look forward to.

The judgment-free zone

None will check your grammar mistakes or criticize your thoughts when you write in your journal. 

This freedom allows you to feel more comfortable and express your true yourself.

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  • Start writing about where you are in your life at this moment. Describe your living situation, your work, and your relationships.
  • Don’t edit your thoughts or feelings and don’t correct your grammar. Don’t censor your thoughts.
  • If there’s something you are struggling with or an event that’s disturbing you, write about it in the third person.

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Journaling Before You Get Out of Bed

Try grabbing your notebook as soon as your alarm goes off and writing for a few minutes before your feet even hit the ground.

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Use a Journaling App

While many people recommend journaling in a physical notebook to give your brain a break from screens, if you’re having a hard time keeping up that practice, you can try using an app that you can whip out when you have an extra moment in the day.

Don’t Use Full Sentences

Feel free to have your journal as disjointed as you want.

Leo Babatua of ZenHabits says he only writes his journal in bullet points; just three to six per day. By making it this easy, he says it’s much more attainable for him to keep it up.

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Set Priorities

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Journaling eliminates intrusive thoughts about negative events and improves working memory. This leads to more energy for other mental activities, better stress, anxiety, and depression management.

Learn To Let Go

Eliminating unnecessary thoughts, fears and concerns helps to reduce stress, boost self-esteem and free up mental space.

Let go of all the negative thoughts and emotions that make you feel bogged down. Monitor your thoughts regularly and try to replace your negative thoughts with positive ones.

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Schedule journaling time

Start your daily journal off on the right foot by scheduling your writing for a set time every day.

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You can start a bullet journal in pretty much any empty notebook that you have lying around. That’s all you need. A journal and a pen. 

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Future Log

A page where you can write down any future appointments or dates for a month you haven’t set up yet

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The Negative Golden Rule

Do not do unto others what you do not want to be done unto you.

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All-or-nothing thinking
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Overgeneralizing
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Disqualifying the positive
When you reject positive statements or occurrences by insisting they “don’t count” for some reason or another. For example, your boss praises you in front of your colleagues. When someone mentions it to you later, you say, “She said that because I was standing in front and she couldn’t avoid me.”

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