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I am beginning to see some tangible benefits from keeping a daily journal. Journaling helps keep life in perspective. I look back on entries I made to my journal in the past, and it helps me measure my feelings today, compared to then. If, for example, I am in a bad mood today, and see life as a dark adventure, I have only to look back, sometimes a few days, to see that I was very happy.
Journaling also helps fulfill my need to express myself. Writing down my feelings helps me assess my moods from a more objective vantage point. Thoughts and feelings that I would be reluctant to share with others, can be written in a secure environment where only I can see it.
Keeping a journal also allows me to keep a running history of my life. I am amazed at how quickly I forget important events that may have happened just a month ago. By periodically reviewing my journal, events stay fresh in my mind. When did my son buy his new car? How was I feeling before the presidential election? How did I feel afterwards? Journaling is a memory enhancer. I am now less likely to say to myself "when did that happen." The date is either in my mind, or just a journal-read away.
I have also discovered a way to always have my journal accessible. I now use Day One. Just started using it today, and was able to include most of my journal entries back to the end of October, December 10. Day One is a computer program. I have a version on my Macbook Air, iPad and iPhone. One of these gadgets is always with me. So, when I feel like writing, I can.
One of the other advantages of keeping a journal on a computer is the ability to quickly add photos, icons, doodles and other visual tools to a journal entry. "Pictures are worth a thousand words." Images add significantly to making a journal entry vivid and memorable. For example, while training on my bike, I can take a quick photo with my iPhone, enter the photo in my journal and keep a great visual history of the ride.
The article on this website, summarizes many of the real advantages of journaling.