Contrary to what you may have been led to believe, keeping a journal is actually pretty cool. Some of the most influential people in history have kept journals detailing things in their everyday lives – sometimes, even including the most minute, peculiar details. Why do people keep journals, though? Well, there are quite a few benefits to enjoy. Some of which are immediate benefits, while others might take a while – but don’t be fooled, they’re there.
Even if you don’t want to write a full-on autobiography about yourself, writing in complete detail every day of your life, you’ll find that small commentary on interesting things that happen to you will already do wonders. Think about opening a journal, 10 years from now, being able to see in details and insights of any specific day of your life. It’s quite neat. However, the benefits are more than just practical. There’s more than meets the eye.
Here are 3 reasons to start keeping a journal:
- Regular writing has mental benefits. Writing can actually do so much for your health. Writing actually forces your brain to create new logical connections between your thoughts, and forces you to dig deep into memory and imagination, to come up with some new, amazing ideas. It challenges you to think in ways to be able to communicate something in a way that it makes sense. To take a simple idea out of your brain, and write it onto paper. Additionally, writing can help you relive memories and past experiences almost instantly. Often, consolidation of a memory often involves reminding yourself 3 or 4 times. This way, writing might just even boost your memory capabilities.
- Harness your creativity. There have been quite some introspective studies regarding the creative benefits of keeping a journal. Often, the best way to get better at something is to keep doing it. This same way, creative writing develops by increased practice in writing. However, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. It’ll actually help you learn to process and communicate complex, creative ideas more effectively, while practicing on your memorization skills. On top of this, you learn the most effective ways your brain will be able to brainstorm. It usually takes a while before people realize the method most effective to them, but as we’ve mentioned earlier, the more repetition, the better you get.
- It’s Practical. Why wouldn’t you want to remind yourself of the mistakes you’ve made? Often times, when we want to remind something to ourselves, we type down a reminder into our smartphones. However, the physical act of actually writing on paper helps things consolidate into memory better – meaning we’ll remember past experiences better after also have written them down. Additionally, it’s easier to see all your reminders and entries of interesting experiences in a journal. Think about this too: how long can you keep a journal? Now, how long do you keep your smartphone?