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A Powerful Stress Reliever: Journaling [research]

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I love journaling.

I feel I write more from the heart when I’m holding a felt tip in my hand – rather than typing on a keyboard.

Plus… Sometimes it feels better not to talk. About anything. To anyone.

It’s freeing just to sit quietly with pen in hand, and write it all out in a journal.

I think of journaling as “taking selfies of my soul.”

Studies report how keeping a journal is not ONLY a highly helpful happiness booster – but can boost your health, as well!

For example…

University of California researchers divided participants into three groups.

  • The first wrote once a week in a journal about five awesome things they were grateful for.
  • The second described five daily hassles.
  • The third listed five random events.

A Helpful Stress Reliever: Journaling
The results?

Those in the first journal group who wrote about things they were grateful about, wound up reporting MORE of the following benefits:

  • an increase in happiness
  • optimism about their future
  • reduction in stress
  • improvement in health problems

In Summary:

Keeping a gratitude journal can be very beneficial to reducing stress – and even improving health.

But – writing about gratitude is not the only effective way to journal.

You can also use a journal to whine and complain!

Research shows that it’s also very beneficial to people’s moods to write about what’s on one’s mind – and free oneself from anything they might be keeping bottled up inside!

The Cliff Notes:

Research reports that when you write about the things which are stressing you out, you release the stress out of your system – and out of your “overthinking brain” – which in turn helps people to stop obsessing!

Basically, the solutions and insights you seek about your stressful challenges, often don’t come when your mind is busy and noisy. They come when when your mind is still and quiet.

Your Assignment:

Take 5 minutes daily to journal! It can be a powerful key to knowing what you need to know – and releasing stress.

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A Helpful Stress Reliever: Journaling
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Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.

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