Write Yourself Happy; the Joy of Journaling

We all have problems. So many problems! Some big, some small, but molehills become mountains if not tended to. So, how do we manage problems that seem unmanageable?

Write about them!

This may seem so simple—too simple. But the fact is that journaling has been proven to help clarify thoughts and feelings, reduce stress, help you to get to know yourself better, help you to solve problems more effectively, and resolve disagreements with others.

Journaling is an ancient tradition, a tried and true avenue to a happier you. So why not give it a try?

Things to think about:

*How to start? Just sit down with a piece of paper and a pen or pencil (typing your feelings can benefit you as well, though there’s something about putting pen to paper).

*Write quickly. Try not to stop and think about what to write. Let your emotions and feelings guide you.

*Write anything. Turn your feelings into a poem, a short story, or a song. Make a pro and con list, or a list of your feelings starting with each letter in the alphabet, or write a letter to whomever has gotten you so riled up (just don’t send it). Be creative, be crazy, be honest, be kind, be harsh…just write.

*Don’t worry about spelling or punctuation. Your journal is not for others to see, it’s not going to be graded or judged.

*Hold on to your journals! Though it may be tempting to crumple up or burn those painful feelings, having journals to look back on can be very helpful in future predicaments. Seeing how life worked itself out, how friends came to the rescue, how prayers were answered gives us hope for a brighter tomorrow.

So start journaling today! Write yourself happy!

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