From my book Resilient Heart, Chapter 38, “Sometimes only Paper will Listen”
“I have been journaling almost every day for over 30 years. I buy bound journals rather than notebooks with ring binding because I feel it gives the writing a sense of importance. It feels like an actual book that you are writing.
When I first started journaling it was an exercise in emptying my mind of things that just kept spinning around. My journal has become a friend and confidant over the years. It’s the place where I can talk with my wise Inner being, learn about myself and get advice and clarity.
I journaled my way through my heart healing journey, when I was in Austria and couldn’t speak to my roommates and most of the staff because of the language barrier, I wrote in my journal. Journaling saved me from going stir crazy, gave me someone to talk to and helped me sort out what I was feeling.
Research shows a connection between creative self expression, which journaling is, and health. Now journal writing can be beneficial to your health according to scientific evidence. Studies suggest it can help in the following way:
Help reduce high blood pressure
Enhance immune function
Decrease the symptoms of asthma
Reduce arthritis symptoms
Promote wound healing
And help people quit smoking “
I think everyone can benefit from a journaling practice.