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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 Creativity with the Creativity Add-On

One of the most creative people ever known to the world is Leonardo Da Vinci. Scientist, artist, sculptor, inventor, mathematician, engineer, botanist, musician and writer, Da Vinci kept extensive journals for years, reportedly totaling about 13,000 pages! Creativity is a confluence of many things—focus, perspective, putting in your time, being…

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…

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…

The Benefits of Journal Writing

Why do people keep journals? How does keeping a journal add to your life? My sense was that each person would have a unique answer to that question. But I wanted to find out myself, so I decided to ask a group of people who keep diaries. I’ve created a…

To Delete or Not Delete?

Sometimes people feel that a particular journal entry they have written is one that they never want to read  again. They want to burn it, rip it into shreds, and do away with it totally. I have a slightly different attitude:  I think that all of my writing–good, bad, beautiful…

No time to write? Sure you do!

TIME: We often feel like we don’t have enough of it, and certainly not enough to spend on writing.  In the last two webinars that I’ve co-hosted–one with Sheila Bender and another with Sue Meyn–both included discussions about time and journal writing. During the webinar series about writing personal essays,…

Journal Writing: A Remedy for Muddling Through Life

We all muddle through at times. In fact muddling is an inescapable place to be when you are finding your way in a new environment.  When you are working on a new job, learning new subject matter, or starting a new role in life, the way to begin is often…

Journals: Decoding the Invisible Ink of Your Life

When I was in elementary school I was intrigued by magic and how it worked.  I wasn’t as interested in performing the tricks as I was in understanding how they worked.  In one of the magic books I read there was information about invisible ink and how to make it…