The most influential gift is a journal

The most influential gift is a journal

  • Journaling initially affords you to get rid of your anger/frustration (with pen and paper).
  • Journaling helps you to get your frustration out before you can direct it at anybody else.

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Living in the moment

When we write we focus on the details. We write about the little details of an interaction with someone. And most times when journaling we write while the interaction is still fresh in our minds.

This strengthens our observation muscle. Then we start looking for little details in our next interaction.

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Journaling helps us reflect

Journaling increases self-awareness. Recording your thoughts is like stepping in wet concrete. The outline of your foot is now there forever.

You can find out who you really are. You can find your weaknesses and new opportunities. You can challenge yourself with those realizations. You can make plans to better yourself.

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Labeling emotions and acknowledging traumatic events, both natural outcomes of journaling, have a known positive effect on people, and are often incorporated into traditional talk therapy.

Keeping a journal helps to organize an event in our mind, and make sense of trauma. 

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What's All This About Journaling?

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Finding Motivation

... to develop self-discipline:

  • Start taking small actions to make things better
  • Do the things that hurt you less
  • Push yourself into discomfort a little bit, so you can get better at this over time
  • Get good at self-discipline with some practice.

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A Guide to Developing the Self-Discipline Habit : zen habits

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