Have you heard of journaling? I mentioned a journal in my last positivity article here when I discussed setting goals. So, how to write a positive daily journal? It’s easy once you get started so my advice is to just get started.
There is no right or wrong way, all I suggest is keep at it and you will see improvements in your outlook and feelings of greater positivity.
I suggest not spending a fortune but getting yourself a nice book to write in. Not a diary. It’s best to have lined pages so that you can write as little or as much as you want to. A diary would leave you with possibly not enough space or adding unnecessary pressure to fill the page and write when your heart or head is not wanting to write that quantity in your journal.
The journal book should feel nice to you, appeal to you and be nice to handle so I would suggest a hardback book.
How to write a positive daily journal:
- Write in the evening, I like to write mine before I go to sleep and keep the journal by my bed.
- Put today’s day and date at the top of your journal entry.
- Write about feelings, this is your journal, it doesn’t matter what you write in it. It’s not going to be published.
- Write a few things that are at the forefront of your mind about your day and how you dealt with them, were you happy, negative, positive, angry? Can you put a positive outcome that perhaps next time you can handle it in a different, more positive way?
- Write a few goals and tick off yesterdays for a sense of positive achievement.
Still unsure of how to write a positive daily journal?
Try it, see what flows from your mind to your pen.
Regarding writing about feelings, this perhaps may not come naturally to you so give it a chance and give it time. You may find as the journal goes on that you write easier and longer and this is fine too.
An example could be that you felt uncomfortable on a bus journey or when speaking to family and had a heated discussion. You can write as much or as little detail as you want. It could have been a negative experience in work or with your kids.
Writing about your how you felt and how you reacted can help you realise how you processed the situation and could bring to light improvements to how in future you could feel better should a similar situation arise. You could write how now time has passed you feel better and more clarity or how you will deal with it next time.
Although at the time ‘this is what happened’ and, it had a negative impact and even left you thinking about it for the rest of the day, it is now ‘over’ and you are here in your own home, with your journal and your steps to creating a more positive life.
Can you add a positive ending to the negative situation or feeling? It’s good to leave it on a positive note no matter how small.
Did something great happen? Was your whole day great? Write down what made it great and how good those good feelings were and wait for more positive and good feelings to fill your journal.
Having completed your journal for a week, a month or much longer it’s good every now and then to go back and see where your life has improved. Are you more positive? Do you handle your feelings in situations any differently? Has journaling impacted your life in a positive way?
Are you feeling a sense of positive achievement setting your goals?