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Regular reading doesn’t just help with your critical thinking, but it also improves your brain function. Consider what happens when you work a muscle every day. That muscle grows and becomes much stronger than before. Reading books works much the same way for your mind. Consider how many people today are affected with diseases of the mind. Working your brain will make you less likely to get such diseases. Reading doesn’t just help with your critical thinking, but it also improves your brain function.
Three Benefits of Journaling:
1. Strengthens your immune system and leads to better physical health.
2. Improves emotional intelligence (the ability to perceive and understand emotions).
3. Soothes anxiety and increases feelings of calmness.
Primarily, journaling is about exploration: exploring who you are, what you think, how you feel, and the way in which you process life’s daily events. As a byproduct, more clarity and insight is gained about your mind and emotions, leading to heightened self-awareness. The more self-aware a person is, the more well-adjusted, grounded and balanced they will feel, despite what is going on around them. Therefore, journaling helps us to find inner stability and gives us the ability to untangle ourselves from self-destructive forms of behavior and negative thought patterns.
“Reading a book, and taking the time to ruminate and make inferences and engage the imaginational processing, is more cognitively enriching, without a doubt, than the short little bits that you might get if you’re into the 30-second digital mode.”
– Ken Pugh (President of Haskins Laboratories)
Reading is important because it develops our thoughts, gives us endless knowledge and lessons to read while keeping our minds active. Reading books can help us learn, understand and makes us smarter. Not to mention the knowledge, vocabulary expansion and thinking skills we develop, so read a good book today!
What is Journaling?
Journaling is the practice of writing down your thoughts and feelings for the purposes of self-analysis, self-discovery, and self-reflection. As one of the oldest forms of self-help in the world, journaling is about exploring one’s own thoughts, feelings, impulses, memories, goals, and hidden desires through the written word. As such, journaling is often prescribed by therapists, counselors, and spiritual mentors as a powerful way of developing more self-understanding and compassion.
You don’t have to be particularly good at writing to benefit from journaling. Not only that, but you don’t even have to worry about things like grammar or spelling – none of those fussy details matter at all.
What does matter is the attitude and intention you bring to journaling. Are you interested in growing and learning more about yourself? Great! The desire to learn is the entire point of journaling.
Therefore, as long as you’re sincere about discovering more about yourself, you’ve already succeeded!
When it comes to journaling, there’s nothing to master but your own ability to be self-aware.