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A shot of journal juice

Every now and then it feels great to get a shot of “journal juice” that gives you a boost of journal inspiration.  Well, belly up to the bar with me and have an invigorating shot of journal-writing motivation from a long-time LifeJournal friend, Barbara Bretton.  The following is an excerpt…

Thanksgiving–a good time to start a gratitude journal

If you can, take a reflective break this Thanksgiving weekend to write a journal entry with a list of specifics of what you feel grateful for in your life: What is good about your relationships with family and friends, what is right with your health, what you enjoy at your…

Keeping a Dream Journal

One of the ways I have used my journal has been to record my dreams.  There was a period in my life when I was quite interested in remembering and recording my dreams. I view dreams as conversations with and messages to myself that help me uncover those qualities and…

Best way to journal: Handwritten or typed journal? Both!

I often hear the question: Which is better: a handwritten or typed journal? Some people love the experience of the movement of arm and hand with pen or pencil moving across paper and the soothing sounds of the scratching against the page. Others like the feel of fingers tap dancing…

Write Your Memento of This Historic Moment

It’s been an historic, exciting, and emotional week for the country, perhaps the world. Regardless of whether Barack Obama was your preferred candidate or not, I think we can agree that the election of the first African-American to the office of presidency highlights the best of what America is. On…

Keep a food journal to help lose weight

Do you want to lose weight?  Keeping a food diary or journal is one very effective way to lose weight. A recent study (reported in August 2008 edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine) asked people to keep a food diary– simply writing down what they ate as the…

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! I just read an interesting article about nightmares in the New York Times Well health blog by Tara Parker-Pope. (https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/10/31/rewriting-your-nightmares/)  The idea is that if you are troubled by a nightmare that you rewrite the script  of the nightmare.  I would think that literally writing the new script—on…

Who keeps a journal or diary?

Twelve years ago, in 1996, I did some of my own market research about how many people keep diaries/journals. Here’s what I found after speaking to 114 people at a mall that attracted people from around the US and the world: 16% of the people I interviewed currently kept a…

Write about change and stress

We are living in stressful times. The world is morphing in front of us as we watch—constant technological and communication change, big climate shifts, massive economic turmoil, and in all probability there will be a big change in US policies. That adage that we’ve all heard is “The only constant…

Overcoming the first journal writing block: How to get started

What prevents people from keeping a journal? I can categorize the stumbling blocks into four categories—and combinations of the following: 1. I don’t know how to start and I feel a little silly/intimidated/[fill in the blank]. 2. I don’t have the discipline to keep a journal going, to sustain it….