benefits of journal writing

Conversations with a Friend: Write to Heal

I had breakfast with a good friend this morning.  We sat down to our tasty meal  and I continued, as we do on most of our breakfast meets, to hear about the on-going saga.  She has cancer, although she looks well and has a good energy. My friend has embraced…

Write to Heal: Can I Write Myself Well?

By John Evans “Writing about stressful situations is one of the easiest ways for people to take control of their problems and release negative effects of stress from their bodies and their lives.” — James Pennebaker, Ph.D.i Wellness and writing are connected in ways we are only beginning to understand…

Writing and Healing: Expressive Writing Helps in Multiple Ways

It all started in the 1980s when the professor Dr. James Pennebaker found in his landmark social psychology study that college students who wrote about emotional upheaval in their lives for 15 minutes during each of four consecutive days, visited the health service half as often as their counterparts who…

Improve Your Listening Skills with Journal Writing

In this past Sunday’s NY Times, the name of an article caught my eye, “The Art of Listening” by Swedish author Henning Mankell. To be honest, the art of listening is one that I’ve not mastered as fully as I’d like. I confess that in many conversations, I’m often quietly thinking one…

Can Journal Writing Help You Live Longer?

We just received this email from a fan of LifeJournal who has been journaling for most of life, and she just turned 97 years old.  This is a testament the fact that keeping a journal can have a dramatic effect on your life and longevity:HLep Hear the words of long…

Create Better Health with Gratitude in Your Journal Writing

“Counting your blessings” is a time-honored recipe to brighten your attitude. Is it just an empty platitude or does it really do some good? And if this advice does help, is there a way to incorporate it into a routine? One idea is to start or end each journal entry…

Dr. James Pennebaker Believes that Expressive Writing Can Be a Path to Healing

Watch this short video of James Pennebaker discussing his book, The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us.: In the 1980s, psychologist Jamie Pennebaker discovered that expressive writing is a route to healing. This interview will bring you up to date on his latest fascinating research about…

Transitions: A Rich Time for Journal Writing

In my earlier career I conducted studies of the richly productive area where sea meets shore. The coast is a dynamic place, where tides swish in and out; where barnacles and mussels cling to rock or shell; where seagrasses abound attracting small fish which attract bigger fish, which of course…

This year do MORE than just resolve to keep up your journal writing. Actually, do it!

… and you’ll begin making the life changes that you want! During December and January, those involved with the journal writing world online see activity skyrocket. During these couple of months more people buy journals, journal software, read this blog and rev up for a year in which they resolve…

Gabriele Lusser Rico talks about the benefits of journaling

Gabriele Lusser Rico wrote in the early 1980s a seminal book called Writing the Natural Way.  It introduced a writing technique she developed called “clustering.”  Clustering is a non-linear brainstorming technique that uses the right brain, the non-linear, whole pattern, image-producing  part of your mind. The clustering technique brings the…