Top 8 Benefits to Keep a Journal or a Diary

There are many reasons why we journal. From travel journals, dream journals, gratitude journals to prayer journals, we keep specific journals for different aspects of our life. Sometimes, a journal doesn’t need a specific topic such as writing your thoughts and self-reflection. Some of us have been keeping a journal during childhood while others wanted to but could not find the time to do it.

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There are many benefits of keeping a journal. Here are the top 8 reasons why you should be starting a journal today:

1. Keep your thoughts organized.

Diaries help us to organize our thoughts and make them apprehensible. You can record daily events, thoughts and feelings about certain experience or opinions. Journey allows you to tag and archive your diary entries.

2. Improve your writing.

Journaling helps you to train your writing. If you want to practice or improve your writing, the best thing to do is to start a journal. You may not have the perfect topic. All you need is to start writing your thoughts in Journey. The more you write, the more your writing improves.

3. Set & achieve your goals.

A journal is a good place to write your goals, ambitions, aspirations and new year resolutions. By keeping them in a diary, you can monitor your progress and continue to focus on the next milestone.

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4. Record ideas on-the-go.

The benefits of keeping a journal is that you can record all of your ideas in one place anytime and at anywhere. Whenever an idea comes to your mind, you can write it down in your journal. Later on, you can revisit these ideas to look for new links, form conclusions or even lead to a fresh idea!

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5. Relieve stress.

Writing down your feelings help you to “brain-dump” your anxieties, frustrations and pains on a journal. This can help you to reduce and release stress which you have harbored overtime. You can also use the mood tracker found in Journey to indicate your sentiment level. Overall, expressing yourself in a diary is a good way to free up any tension that prevents you from feeling happy.

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6. Allow yourself to self-reflect.

As Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” The fast moving pace in our life makes us easily caught up with the day-to-day. Our life can become very hectic as we shoulder more responsibilities and have higher expectations that are required from us.

Journaling is a good way to help us to stop, take a step back and reflect on ourselves. We can self-reflect on gratitude or what we did today and write it in our diary. Daily reflection can be done at night before bed. We can look back at our life in a journal and think about how we’ve changed and what we can do to improve ourselves.

7. Boost your memory.

Your brain is likely to store information that you have wrote down in your diary. If you learn something new and write it down in a diary, your brain will make stronger connections with the information. You’ll have an easier time to recall them in the future.

8. Inspire creativity.

Writing a journal is a great way to unleash your creativity. Everyone has the potential to be creative, just that most of us haven’t discovered it yet. Your journal is the best place to start exploring your inner creativity. Write down anything that comes to your mind. Let your imaginations run wild and record it in Journey.


There are many other benefits to keep a journal. You’ll discover more when you start one!

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Ideas for Journals

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    Write one line a day for the next five years.

  • Bible Journal

    A bible journal is one that holds your thoughts and reflections after a religion class and feelings that concerns life.

  • Dream Journal

    Record your dreams on a regular basis and keep track of the dream's themes and patterns.

  • Travel Journal

    Document your adventures, road trips, places that you have visited, and discoveries that you made along the way.

  • Reflective Journal

    A self-reflective journal helps you to create your life with intention.

  • Pregnancy Journal

    Write a personalized experience of your pregnancy journey.

Ideas for Diaries

  • Food Diary

    Keep a log of all your daily meals to ensure a balanced nature diet.

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