The Psychology Behind Journal Keeping
There are over 7 billion people living on Earth and each of those 7 billion people have their own unique story of how they’ve gotten to the point they’re at today. What’s yours?
The emotions we experience in our lifetime are powerful in creating the person we become and humans overwhelmingly enjoy watching other people’s lives unfold. Story telling has been popular since our species came into existence while those who could tell the best stories have always been respected whether it’s in theater, movies or music.
When you look back at your life, how much do you actually remember? We tend to remember the highs and lows of our lives to perfection but that can’t be said of all the day-to-day activities we participate in that fill the majority of our time awake.
Gone are the days of pen-and-paper journals. Although effective in storytelling, pen-and-paper journals aren’t our primary option for journal writing due to the technology available nowadays. The only organization is the chronological aspect which is nothing compared to the features of something like Penzu which tracks your entries with not only dates, but tags.
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In the beginning of 2017, I started to keep a journal in which I write in at least three times a week.
I’ll recap the happenings in my life and how I felt during those events. Looking back at not only what I wrote but how I wrote it gives me an understanding of where I am and what is important to me at the time of the writing.
If I look back and see a certain negative theme reappearing in each of my journal entries, I’ll know that doing X isn’t allowing me to be productive and reach my end goals. This helps you weed out what’s working against you so that you can focus on things that benefit you.
When I look up the #happy tag in my journals and see a reoccurring theme, I’ll do my best to repeat the things that make me happy in order to keep me on the right path. Happiness is such a strong emotion but sometimes we don’t even realize that certain things make us happy until we reflect on it.
Story telling is a critical part of journal entries as we can recollect the specifics of a situation but the magnification of emotional trends in what we do is a great perk to journal entries.
Sometimes remembering yesterday helps us create a better tomorrow.