Journal

Keep A Gratitude Journal 
I have been doing this in the early morning, drawing on numerous sources for decades.
This “cup of positive juice,” AKA spiritual and emotional coffee, as it were, sets a foundation for the day in many ways.
Thus, in my experience and that of many others, journaling has reinforced positive thoughts, setting a positive plan and path for the upcoming day.
Interestingly I have discover that there is a brain science in this for this shifts the brain’s natural tendency of focusing on the negatives, to remembering more of the positives.
In a blog by Courtney Ackerman, last edited on 2-10-2019, on the website www.positivepsychology.com, the author writes about 83 positive aspects of writing a journal.
Relative to the brain science, the author writes:
‘You might be wondering how writing in a journal can have a significant impact on your mental health. After all, it’s just putting some words on a page—how much can that really do for you?
Journaling requires the application of the analytical, rational left side of the brain; while your left hemisphere is occupied, your right hemisphere (the creative, touchy-feely side) is given the freedom to wander and play (Grothaus, 2015)! Allowing your creativity to flourish and expand can be cathartic and make a big difference in your daily well-being.’
To further this point, the author writes:
“There is a ton of evidence out there on the outcomes of journal writing therapy, and overall this evidence points to its effectiveness in helping people identify and accept their emotions, manage their stress, and ease the symptoms of mental illness.
It has even been shown to impact physical well-being; avid journal writer and journalist Michael Grothaus notes that there are studies suggesting journaling can strengthen the immune system, drop blood pressure, help you sleep better, and generally keep you healthier (2015).”
Here is the link: https://positivepsychology.com/benefits-of-journaling/

There are more blogs on this with 6 specific benefits to journaling.

Stay tuned!

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