journal writing

The Shift Key: The Key to Effective Journal Writing

Did you ever play office as a kid? I remember pretending to be a worker in an office with an old typewriter that we had. I’d set it up in our NY suburban living room on an Edward Wormley end table—not knowing how chic that little piece of furniture was….

Write for Emotional Balance

All kinds of people in different ways know that writing in journals helps cultivate emotional balance. Look at this diverse list: “We taught the diary as an exercise in creative will; as an exercise in synthesis; as a means to create a world according to our wishes, not those of…

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…

Best Tip for Weight Loss: Write to Lose Weight

One recent study published in Psychological Science showed that those who wrote for just 15 minutes about something that they personally valued lost more weight during the next several months than those who wrote for 15 minutes about something without direct personal meaning. The study included 45 woman undergrads.  Each…

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…

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…

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…