7 Things to Write in Your Journal (For Positivity and Growth)

Journaling is amazing, but you’ve probably heard this many times already. Journaling has lots of therapeutic benefits, plus it can simply be a lot of fun. So you decided that you want to get started with your journal. The next question is: What do you write in your journal?

Even though there aren’t any rules in journaling, you don’t want to mess it up either. You don’t want to fill an entire journal with thousands of words, only to later find out that you’d rather have written about something else. If you don’t know what to write in your journal, I’ll show you some of the things that have helped most people get started.

By writing these things in your journal, I guarantee that you’ll never regret any of your hard work. Here are 7 ideas to write in your journal that are both fun, meaningful, and make use of the many benefits of journaling.

Why it’s hard to think of what to write in your journal

You can’t reap all the benefits of journaling without allowing your pen to touch the paper. And in the end, a couple of sentences that look like gibberish won’t completely ruin your journal.

It might look like my average diary entry amounts to no more than seven sentences, but in fact I spend an inordinate amount of time writing about my day – around forty-five minutes, usually.

If nothing big happened, I’ll reflect on a newspaper article or a report I heard on the radio. I’m not big on weather writing but have no policy against it. Thus when life gets really dull, I’ll just look out the window and describe the color of the sky. That will lead to something else, most often: a bird being mean to another bird or the noise a plane makes.

Theft By Finding by David Sedaris

While this may not directly produce the most insightful journal entry, it does help get my brain moving. Oftentimes, it’s much easier to write down something worthwhile when you already started with something insignificant.

61 Journaling Ideas to De-Stress and Feel Happy

1. Make a journal list.

journal list screenshot journaling ideas

2. A meaningful quote journal idea.

Brainyquote.com is one place you can look for quotes that get you thinking — and writing — about something important to you. Choose a meaningful quote that resonates or that makes you want to argue with it.

3. Affirmation journaling ideas.

4. Journal about something you’re grateful for.

Gratitude and journaling belong together. Start with one thing you’re grateful for, and either expand on that one thing or add at least two more. Pretty soon you’ll have a mood-boosting gratitude list you will find very uplifting.

screenshot of 90-day gratitude journal by Barrie Davenport journaling ideas

5. Create an “I forgive…” journal entry.

No doubt, the words “I forgive” bring a certain person to mind whom you find it difficult to forgive. But for your own sake — so you can move past it — at least journal the words “I forgive ____, and I want only what’s good for him/her,” even if you’re not feeling it.

6. Write in your journal something someone said or did that made you smile.

7. Compliment yourself in your journal.

8. Journal a description of your morning routine.

9. Write down the answer to the question, “What would I love?”

10. Answer this journal question, “What am I thinking?”

11. Journal about a milestone you’ve reached or one you’re working toward.

Think of an accomplishment that gets you closer to your personal goals. Have you reached it? If not, how close are you to reaching it, and what do you have to do every day to get yourself closer to it?

12. Write in your journal about the perfect day.

This can take place in the present or three years from now. Put a description in your journal of the whole day, from waking up in the morning to going to bed that night. Write down all the important details — the big ideas that make your day perfect.

13. Create an entry with someone who is on your mind (and why).

woman-writing-in-diary-sitting journaling ideas

14. Journal about your vision for the future.

15. Write out your personal vision for this day (your intentions).

When you get to the end of this day, how will you want to have spent it? Or what top three things do you want to focus on today? How will this day get you closer to your vision for the future?

16. Journal about the food you’ve eaten and what you will eat today.

Whether you’re starting a new dietary regimen or not, sometimes it helps to keep a detailed account of everything you’ve eaten and everything you plan to eat for the rest of the day. No judging.

17. Write about an important event.

18. Describe a challenge you’re facing — or one you’ve overcome.

19. Write about your solution to a particular problem or challenge.

You probably know solutions to some problems or ways to overcome a particular challenge. Maybe you learned it the hard way. Your journal entry about it could turn into a helpful blog post or even a book.

20. Journal about something you’ve read.

Whether you’re thinking of a memorable passage from a book you’re reading, a blog post or article you’ve read recently, or a magazine headline you saw while standing in a check-out line, write about what sticks in your mind and why it matters to you (if it does).

21. Write about a fear you have and how you choose to respond to it.

22. Begin a journal entry with a prayer.

Whether you have questions you need to be answered, or you’d like help with something, writing about it makes it more likely that you’ll get closer to the answers, blessings, and accomplishments you’re seeking.

23. Write about a “note to self.”

24. Write a letter to someone.

A great journal writing prompt is to write a letter. In your journal you can prepare the message to someone with whom you’re having a dispute, someone you need to reconnect with, or someone you want to share your love for.

25. Write a letter to someone who has passed.

If you never had the chance to tell someone something you needed to say, writing it in a journal can at least provide some closure, even though it’s not the same as actually telling that someone.

26. Start with a memory (recent or distant).

woman sitting on floor with journal diary journaling ideas

Write About Past Mistakes

Don’t do this with the purpose of reminding yourself about the things that have gone wrong in the past; write about the lessons that came out of your mistakes. Reflecting on the lessons you have been able to take away from difficult times throughout your life can help reassure you next time you make a mistake that there is probably a lesson that can be learned.

Your journal is a great place to keep all of your secrets that you don’t want other people to know. This Cagie Journal comes with a metal lock that requires a three digit combination to open, so you will be the only one who has access to what’s inside.

This is even a great place to write down secrets that other people tell you but they ask you to not share with anyone else. Sometimes that can be a hard request to make, so if you can write it down in your journal, you will be less likely to be tempted to spill the beans.

Add Some Entertainment or Humor to Your Journaling

The Zen as F*ck journal includes positive affirmations and cathartic activities that don’t hold you back from writing down how you really feel. The novelty of this journal will make you laugh while also making you think with a deep sense of introspective. This is a great place to just lay it all out there.

This Family Heritage Journal is perfect for this purpose. If you make a family history journal, it can be passed down from generation to generation, creating something special and meaningful for everyone in your family.

Ask your family members about their personal memories of your parents, grandparents, and so on. This will help you make a collaborative journal through multiple generations and see how things in the family change with time.

Source:

https://www.trackinghappiness.com/what-to-write-in-your-journal/
https://liveboldandbloom.com/11/writing/journaling-ideas
https://www.developgoodhabits.com/what-write-journal/

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