Find a way to recognize and remember God’s kindness through journaling.
The counsel to write in a journal daily tends to invoke groans and grimaces. The excuses for not writing range from the practical (I don’t have time; I have bad handwriting; I can’t type) to the emotional (I don’t want others to know what kind of person I am; nothing good ever happens to me; my life is boring).
For many of us, getting started is the hardest part. The Mormon Channel has a podcast series called “Benefits of Journaling” that discusses why journaling is beneficial and provides tips on how to get started.
The benefits of writing include access to healing, growth, and change; improved memory; comfort; and realization of blessings. Getting started can be easy if you follow these tips:
- Set a timer for five minutes and write three good things that happened that day.
- Ask yourself a question you can answer.
- Don’t worry about making sense to others.
So, find a notebook, grab a pen, and start journaling!
—Phyllis Rosen, Mormon Insights
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Find more insights
Read the Ensign article “Keeping a Journal Your Way,” by Tara Walker, for ideas on how to record your experiences.
Read about President Henry B. Eyring‘s experience writing in a journal daily: “O Remember, Remember.”