“Keeping a journal sounds cheesy but there is increasing evidence that writing things down can help heal us.”
He cites several academic studies that support this. As many people already know from personal experience, keeping a journal is therapeutic.
If you don’t keep a journal is it because the idea of keeping one is in itself embarrassing, even ‘cheesy’?
If you already keep a journal has it ever seemed to be an embarrassing or inadmissible activity?
I confess that it has taken me a long time to admit the verb ‘to journal’ and all its derivative parts of speech into my idiolect. Burkeman uses journalling (with double L of course) as:
A present participle: ‘you should probably be journalling’
A gerund as noun: ‘you shouldn’t view journalling….’
However he retains the main verb as ‘to keep or write a journal’ and journal remains a noun.
What vocabulary do you use to describe this activity? Do you use a different term altogether?
Even sardonic and cynical Burkeman admits that keeping a gratitude journal really helps. This is after all one of the most common exercises in the journal repertoire (I believe there are even apps for it).
Journal Prompt – A Gratitude Journal
Just a word, phrase or sentence is enough. They can be anything from the mundane to the sublime – it’s really about paying attention to things that have enhanced your experience in some way.
At the end of the week write a feedback entry in your journal beginning:
When I read my gratitude lists for this week I notice…….