Journaling is no longer just for that confused adolescent girl who spends her evenings contemplating the meaning of life. No, it's an effective form of therapy from the eternal optimist all the way to the perpetual pessimist. Here are four reasons why writing down your thoughts can help move you closer to your ideal life:
In our fast-paced, competitive culture, we tend to notice and worry about what's lacking in our lives. Feelings of insufficiency, imperfection and envy are known barriers to happiness. When we harbor these feelings, we limit our capacity for feeling fulfilled. But gratitude has powerful effects on health and well-being.
It may sound strange coming from someone who has written dozens of blogs about happiness and taught a lot of seminars on the subject, to hear that happiness isn't necessarily all that it's cracked up to be. Or put another way, in terms of one's overall quality of life, spirit, and degree of personal fulfillment, some things play a much more significant role than feelings of happiness