Posts Tagged "journal writing"

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…

Journal Writing: Thinking BIG!

Eric Maisel, creativity coach, author, psychotherapist, and member of the IAJW Journal Council (see www.IAJW.org), writes on Huffington Post about introducing BIG THINKING–that is, independent thinking– to students at school for 45 minutes daily. I fully agree. For many of us, that’s what journal writing is about–independent, big thinking– wrestling…

Ethics and Journal Writing and Privacy

Recently I received a request from the brother of a man who had died during the past year.  The brother wrote telling me that he had found on his deceased brother’s computer the LifeJournal program and that he wondered if I would help him decrypt the program and allow him…

Use your journal to reach your goals!

Use LifeJournal to move you along on your journey of refining and improving your life. I capture the momentum of my own natural ups and downs.  The Daily Pulse feature in LifeJournal is a way to observe some of my natural trends, which I might not otherwise notice. For example, if…

Journaling is Risky Business

Guest post by Dr. Carla McElhaney As a pianist, teacher and coach, I’m in the business of making magic happen. I’m an alchemist of sorts, applying energy and devotion to whatever raw materials the day brings in order to transform what is into what could be. My work, whether it be…

A Secret to Journal Writing with Passion: Surrender!

Do you sometimes feel that you’re just going through the motions with your journal writing? Do you wish you could experience breakthroughs at every writing session? Dr. Carla McElhaney, avid journal writer, pianist, and coach (www.carlamcelhaney.com) offers this advice about how surrendering to the writing process helps bring creative and…

Journal Entries as Op-Ed Articles

Many of us skim the headlines and the first few paragraphs of a news article to stay up to date with the current events.  But we often turn to the op-ed page to learn from people who we consider more knowledgeable than we are and whose values are aligned with…

Funerals and weddings and other journal-writing-trigger events

My 86 year old mother and I flew up to New York City to attend the funeral of her best friend, Judy. Not only was Judy my mother’s best friend, but she was also my second mother from the time that I was three years old. My siblings and I…

End of year journal review

I find it enlightening to re-read my journal entries near the end of a year.  The first thing I try to do–besides clearing a few hours of time by myself–is to start with an open, compassionate mind.  I know–that is not always easy! Make sure that you can be genuinely…

The International Association for Journal Writing:www.IAJW.org

I have some terrific news for all journal writers:  The International Association for Journal Writing (www.IAJW.org) is a new membership website that brings together 30 journal experts (the Journal Council) to help you enrich and deepen your journal writing. And, with time, you’ll be enjoying a more enriched and more…