Do you want to live a happier, healthier and more fulfilled life?

Hey Beautiful!

That's the question for today. If you do want to live a more fulfilled life, one thing that could help is journaling.

Journaling has become a popular form of self-discovery; helping people to identify what they want and more importantly – how to get it. Through regular journaling you can discover more about yourself and your goals than you ever thought possible.

Not convinced?

Here’s 5 reasons self-discovery through journaling is the key to a fulfilled life.

1. Helps you to identify with your inner thoughts and feelings

One of the main ways journaling helps with self-discovery, is it enables you to identify with your inner thoughts and feelings. Understanding yourself is key to living a happy, more fulfilled life.

Journals allow you to write freely and openly. You’re free from judgement, which means you’ll often write straight from the heart and uncover things about yourself you never even realized.

Not only does this help you to identify with how you feel, but it also gives you the opportunity to see how you can potentially change your emotional reactions.

Giving you more control over your thoughts and feelings enables you to shut out any negativity and focus purely on the positive – helping you to live a happier life.

2. It’s an awesome stress reliever

Of course, writing things down also acts as an awesome stress reliever. It’s well-known that bottling things up can make problems appear much worse than they really are. Sharing them in your journal therefore, helps to get your thoughts and feelings out of your head in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

Stress affects absolutely every area of your life in a negative way. So, the first step to living a more fulfilled and happier life, is to eliminate as much stress as you can.

3. You’ll understand what makes you tick

Those who are truly happy and fulfilled, typically know exactly who they are and what they want. Once you understand exactly what it is you do want and where you want your life to go, you’ll be able to focus on making your dreams and goals a reality.

Journaling really helps you to identify exactly what makes you tick. You can then use that to ensure you are living in accordance to who you are. Doing more of what makes you tick, adds passion and fulfilment into your life.

4. It motivates you to act

If you find it difficult to motivate yourself to achieve your goals, journaling can be an excellent tool. After writing down and identifying what it is you want, you can use the journal to determine what you need to do in order to achieve your goals.

Once it is written out in front of you, it does motivate you to act. As you start working towards your goals and marking off your progress, you’ll gain even more motivation to continue.

5. It encourages positive thinking

Part of your journal-writing exercise is to make a daily list of things you’re grateful for. Over time, this trains the brain to look out for the positives.

Positive thinking has a major impact on your happiness. When you start to look at things in a more positive light, you’ll start to enjoy life a lot more. It’s also true that positivity breeds positivity. So, the more positive thoughts you begin to have, the more will follow.

These are 5 of the top reasons self-discovery through journaling is the key to a fulfilled life. It’s not something that’s going to instantly work overnight so don’t expect miracle results right away. However, the more you do it, the more positive effects it will start to have on your life.

Today's Affirmation

"I choose to see something positive in every situation."

This article is part 2 of 4 of our Discover Yourself through Journaling series. If you missed the previous article, you can read it here: Journaling for Healing & Self Discovery 

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As we have discussed today, journaling has many wonderful benefits which reducing stress is only one. Our stress levels today are at very high levels because of our many responsibilities. Stress has so many negative affects to our minds and bodies.

What are you currently doing to reduce stress in your life? How often? Let me know in the comments below.