100 Benefits of Journaling

Stress reduction:

  • Reduces the scatter in your life
  • Increases focus
  • Brings stability
  • Offers a deeper level of learning, order, action and release
  • Holds thoughts still so they can be changed and integrated
  • Processes your stuff in a natural and appropriate way
  • Releases pent-up thoughts and emotions
  • Empowers
  • Disentangles thoughts and ideas
  • Bridges inner thinking with outer events
  • Detaches and lets go of the past
  • Allows you to re-experience the past with today’s adult mind


  • Heals relationships
  • Heals the past
  • Dignifies all events
  • Is honest, trusting, non-judgmental
  • Strengthens your sense of self
  • Balances and harmonizes
  • Recalls and reconstructs past events
  • Acts as your own counselor
  • Integrates peaks and valleys in life
  • Soothes troubled memories
  • Sees yourself as a larger, important, whole, and connected being
  • Leverages therapy sessions for better and faster results
  • Reveals and tracks patterns and cycles

Know yourself and your truth better:

  • Builds self-confidence and self-knowledge
  • Records the past
  • Brings out natural beauty and wisdom
  • Helps you feel better about yourself
  • Helps you identify your values
  • Reads your own mind
  • Aids in connecting causes to effects
  • Reveals the depths of who you are
  • Reveals outward expression of yet unformed inner impulses
  • Creates mystery
  • Clarifies thoughts, feelings and behavior
  • Reveals your greater potential
  • Shifts you to the observer, recorder, counselor level
  • Reveals your processes – how you think, learn, create and use intuition
  • Creates awareness of beliefs and options so you can change them
  • Self-discovery
  • Reveals different aspects of self
  • Helps you see yourself as an individual
  • Connects you to the bigger picture
  • Is a close, intimate, accepting, trusting, caring, honest, non-judgmental, perfect friend
  • Accesses the unconscious, subconscious and super consciousness
  • Finds the missing pieces and the unsaid
  • Helps rid you of the masks you wear
  • Helps solve the mysteries of life
  • Finds more meaning in life

Personal growth:

  • Enables you to live life to the fullest
  • Is fun, playful, and sometimes humorous
  • Plants seeds
  • Starts the sorting and grouping process
  • Integrates life experiences and learnings
  • Moves you towards wholeness and growth, to who you really are
  • Creates more results in life
  • Explores your spirituality
  • Focuses and clarifies your desires and needs
  • Enhances self-expression
  • Enhances career and community
  • Allows freedom of expression
  • Offers progressive inner momentum to static unrelated events
  • Exercises your mental muscles
  • Improves congruency and integrity
  • Enhances breakthroughs
  • Unfolds the writer in you
  • Maximizes time and business efficiency
  • Explores night dreams, day dreams, and fantasies
  • Measures and tracks what is important

Easier problem solving:

  • Eases decision making
  • Offers new perspectives
  • Brings things together
  • Shows relationships and wholeness instead of separation

It’s flexible and easy:

  • Can be applied to clarify any issue in your life
  • Takes so little time to stop, pay attention and listen to yourself
  • Meets your needs, style, processing methods
  • Caters to left and right brained people
  • Has no rules – messiness, typos, poor writing are all OK
  • Is often self-starting and motivating and supplies its own energy

Enhances intuition and creativity:

  • Improves self trust
  • Awakens the inner voice
  • Directs intention and discernment
  • Provides insights
  • Improves sensitivity
  • Interprets your symbols and dreams
  • Increases memory of events

Captures your life story:

  • Teaches you how to write stories
  • Soothes troubled memories
  • Captures family and personal story
  • Stimulates personal growth
  • Improves family unity

Do you have any to add that I missed? Do you agree or disagree with any of these benefits? What does journaling do for you? I’d love to know!

Monday, I’ll talk about how to find the heart of your memoir in your journals.

Source: John Robson and Patrice Steen, Copyright © 1998, 1999 Inspiration Information

5 thoughts on “100 Benefits of Journaling

  1. Journaling, allows me to calm down the chaos of my scatter-brained mind; thus, giving me the organization to pray to my Lord. I totally love to journal!!!
    Also, I try to have fun with it. Normally, me writing is fairly deep and intense. But, when I am chronicalling my day, I keep it observational, quirky and fun.


    1. I totally agree. It is one of my forms of therapy. If I didn’t write, my head would become so stuffed, I’d explode. My journals are often one continuous prayer – a conversation with God. And I talk about anything and everything, as though He was sitting on the couch next to me, sharing a coffee, and talking about life as though he were a dear friend. It’s kept me sane through multiple life changes.


  2. Love this list! I’m a firm believer in journaling since I’ve picked it up again. I keep mine hidden, but I allow myself the freedom to write anything in it and whenever I want. I wish it was easier for me to be okay with it being a bit of a mess. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I hate to mess up a word, then have to draw a line through it. Journaling is one of my favorite forms of therapy.


    1. Oh my gosh, me too! Even though I “freewrite” in my journals, I can’t stand if I misspell a word or have a grammar error. I think it’s my mom’s drilling English into me all these years (she was an English and Lit teacher). I’ve gotten better with making a mess, but it still irks me when I see that crossed out line.


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