Journal writing is a powerful self-improvement tool. When one picks up a pen to do journal writing, what he or she writes is what comes straight from the mind and heart without being tampered with. When you do journaling, you get a realistic view of what really lies within you.
You can begin to express your creativity and individuality by carefully selecting a journal of who you are. It does not have to fancy or expensive, just feel good for you. The design and texture of the journal not only reflects who you are but also should give you immense pleasure when holding it and thus writing in it. This makes a big difference in how often you will use it. For it to be effective, you do have to use it regularly.
The act of writing your thoughts down on paper, gives them legitimacy. It is a great time to really get to know yourself and take your hopes, dreams, and wants seriously.
It has been known to heal broken hearts, and has been a great source of strength for people undergoing certain changes. You do not have to feel obligated to write every day, but it is a good idea to try even if it is just a short paragraph or two.
To help get you started, we have listed some journal topics that have been very well received in terms of helping people make a connection.
Suggested Journaling Topics:
1) You at 85:
Imagine that today is your 85th birthday and a reporter is going over to your house to interview you. You have about 10 minutes to highlight important things in your life up to now. Discuss significant events in your life, people you’ve known and loved, places you’ve seen, good will that you’ve shown, etc. Describe your life exactly how you would like it to have been should you be 85 years old looking back.
2) My Favorite Treasure:
What is your favorite material thing? It should be something that holds great personal value to you. If you had to save one material thing from your house, what would it be? Discuss why it’s so important to you? What value do you get out of it?
3) My Favorite Space:
Describe your favorite space in the whole world. It does not have to belong to you, but it should be the place that you go to that brings you great happiness, joy and a sense of safety.
Everyone needs a safe place to express themselves without judgment or ridicule. In a private journal, you have a trusted confidante who you know will not spill your secrets. It’s up to you to keep the journal in a safe place.