Did you keep a diary as a teen? Maybe one with a jewel encrusted front and a lock so your snoopy little brother (or Mom) couldn’t see the inner secrets of your soul? Surprisingly, writing journals is not just for teens or narcissistic adults. According to Harvard Business School Professor Francesca Gino, “Psychology research shows that writing about our life experiences has many positive effects, including increasing students’ grade-point averages, re-employment after losing a job, and improving memory.”
It’s not just the musings of the rich and famous that make for interesting journals. Anyone who wants a little introspection can find great benefits and value in writing journals. It can be a record of your daily joys or struggles and give you a way to vent without blasting those around you. Get started with your personal journal today—locks are optional.
1. Get to Know Yourself
Journal writing is the chance to be completely honest with feelings and fears. It’s a chance to express your wishes and desires without ridicule.