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Four Unexpected Benefits of Journaling

There is neuroscience behind journaling indicating that journaling provides unexpected benefits.

Studies on behavior changes theory conclude that journaling activates intrinsic motivation leading to:

#1 Better comprehension of concepts:

  • Clarification of thoughts and feelings
  • Clarification of situations
  • Improved problem-solving problems
  • Tracking of patterns and trends leading to improvements and growth over time

#2 Improved resolutions of disagreements with others

#3 Reduced Stress

#4 Improved Physical Health

The act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. Journaling leaves your right brain free to create, intuit and feel, essentially removing mental blocks and maximizing your mental abilities.

To be effective, practice journaling regularly. Make it part of your daily or weekly routine. Aim to write for at least 10 minutes. If possible, try journaling in the morning when people tent to be most optimistic. Writing first thing in the morning provides a fresh perspective and the chance to start the day off with a clear mind.

There is also an optimal way to approach journaling. To get the best results:

  • Forget about grammar/spelling when you write
  • Be honest and authentic (write like no one else is going to read it)
  • Write by hand for better memory recall
  • Adopt cursive writing to get your thoughts out faster

It’s not magic, but rather a way of building productive habits, through action and reflection, leading to better future actions. Through journaling individuals can focus on their goals leading to increased impact in behavior outcomes.

For those experiencing or avoiding difficult conversations and wanting to improve listening and connecting with others then please reach out to speak with certified C-IQ coach, Teena Evert by calling 303-884-9642 or email her at

About the Author TEvert

Teena Evert is a Leadership and Communication Mastery Coach. She works with success-driven conscious women who want to be seen and heard in a more impactful way, where they can improve their relationships and make more money, but struggle with communicating and getting what they really want.

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