8 benefits of journal writing (by hand)

It’s quite apparent now more than ever that times have changed. Albert Einstein once predicted that computers would take over the world some day and we are now living in that prediction.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The progression of technology has enhanced the qualities of life for many people across the world. We can do so many things now that weren’t even thought of 20 years ago.

On the other hand, with there being so many lightning fast alternatives, activities such as reading actual print books and writing on actual paper have seemingly become less important. Read on for 8 benefits to journaling on actual paper.

1. It increases your IQ:

Think of your IQ as all of the money you have in the bank. You can either let the money sit without proper financial maintenance and lose it slowly and over time. Or you can not only add to your balance by making deposits but you can also ensure that your money grows by investing it properly.

2. It increases your EQ:

Think of your EQ as what you do with the money in the bank. How that money is used is what will likely determine your livelihood. Journaling not only adds to your bank of intelligence but it also helps you keeps those thoughts or deposits organized and going to the right places. Balance is everything.

3. It invokes mindfulness:

If I had a dollar for every time I heard the phrase “an idle mind is the devil’s playground”... An idle mind is merely a resting mind. If anything, I’d say a wandering mind is the devil’s playground. Actively engaging with your thoughts as opposed to just letting them happen makes all the difference in life. Journaling is a great way to immediately bring yourself into a peaceful state of mindfulness.

4. It helps you achieve your goals:

Can you build a bank without a blueprint? Engineers and architects use blueprints for a reason, to document a plan. Writing plans down in detail increases the likelihood of achieving them. Think of journaling as the psychological blueprint for your goals.

5. It boosts memory and comprehension:

Many studies have shown that writing by hand is directly related to learning. When we write, we automatically create and re-create ideas with the information we already have. It’s a great way to budget your brain and ensure that important information stays in place.

6. It helps you become more disciplined:

The only thing that sets those who achieve great things in life aside from anyone else is discipline. The beauty of life is that with dedication and discipline anyone can do anything. Habits formed in one area of life tend to spread. Journaling is a healthy habit that begets other healthy habits.

7. It sparks your creativity:

Most people are creative but not all people create. Some don’t know where to begin. Writing is a way to immediately express yourself. Writing is a way to bring out thoughts and ideas that you may not have known were in your brain. Journaling in the morning and at night is a great way to get those creative juices flowing.

8. It heals:

Writing is one of the quickest routes to healing. Journaling has been proven to help reduce stress and heal emotional blockages. This in turn improves overall immunity and functionality. Journaling is a way to heal from the inside out. Translating experience into language is a quick way to free oneself from being caught up in emotional traumas.

I hope these facts can help you get the inspiration and motivation you need to begin journal writing. Journal writing provides a number of gifts. If you need more tips or ideas, please feel free to comment below or send an email. I can't wait to hear from you!