Benefits of Journaling and Types of Journals

Journaling Badge, Step 1 Part 2

So far we’ve learned the difference between a diary and a journal, about famous journal keepers like Darwin, and about the history of journaling. Today we will be discussing the benefits of journaling for adults and students and the many different types of journals. We also take a trip to our local bookshop to check out their journal selection.

The benefits of practicing journaling on a regular basis are numerous. Read on to find out what they are and be sure to watch our video below to learn how journaling has benefitted us personally.

Earn the Journaling Badge

If you are interested in earning the Journal Badge yourself, you can see the Journal Badge Guide, or “recipe” for the badge here. Each Badge Guide contains three steps to be completed in order to earn the badge. These steps can be done on your own, but we encourage you to grab a few friends and learn together!

Step 1 is always focused on research. Look up the topic online, watch videos to learn a skill, or visit your local library.  You can read about the resources and fascinating facts we found below.

Journaling Benefits reports both mental and physical benefits that help us regulate emotions.  The soothing act of writing down one’s thoughts can be a meditative process. Researchers in New Zealand have found that journaling can help us heal faster and buffer stress from life’s traumas.  Other research has found that the act of journaling can strengthen our immune system and decrease symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.  

According to Rog Hiemstra, journaling can aid in personal growth and development, problem solving, self-expression, and critical thinking, not to mention reduce stress and provide other health benefits. We dive into some of these benefits along with what we personally get out of journaling in the video below. Watch to learn a little history of journaling and the many types of journals we use and love.

Are you a journaling skeptic?  Huffpost claims these 10 journaling benefits can convince you to start today! 

  1.  Stretching Your IQ- Journaling increases our use of vocabulary and language learning which has a positive correlation with intelligence.  
  2. Evoking Mindfulness- Journaling can actively engage your thoughts and bring you into the present moment.
  3. Achieving Goals- Journaling can provide a blueprint for future goals that trigger your mind that this item is important.
  4. Emotional Intelligence- Journaling allows a space to process and get in touch with your emotions.  It also allows you to better understand the emotions of others.
  5. Boosting Memory-Writing items down helps the mind better remember events and ideas.
  6. Strengthen Self Discipline- Allowing yourself a set time to write will become a habit.  This habit will likely lead to other healthy habits in your life.
  7. Improve Communication Skills- Writing ones thoughts has a connection to speaking them.
  8. Healing-Writing has a strong connection to emotional, physical and psychological healing.
  9. Creativity- free flow writing can unlock creativity and thoughts
  10.  Self-Confidence- Reliving positive experiences can reaffirm your abilities.

Journaling on a regular basis can be beneficial for all ages.  This site found that students can benefit in many ways from long term journaling.  Students can become stronger more confident writers when journaling about topics they are passionate about. They can improve their memory of events and self awareness into their personality and behavior. Journaling can help students increase motivation and decrease stress.

“You don’t have to be a writer to be a journaler, but journal keeping will make you a writer anyway.”

Robert Moss

Types of Journals

Are you interested in journaling but unsure where to start? It’s important to decide what type of journal best fits your lifestyle. If you do not have a lot of time to dedicate to journaling pick a journal that requires only a few lines per day. Start slowly…perhaps commit to journaling 3 days per week in the beginning. See videos below for more journaling tips and tricks!

Journaling for Beginners

There are many different types of journals available to purchase. Some are blank and ready for you to fill up with free flowing thoughts.  Others are guided and full of prompts for you to ponder. Connections Academy has identified a few types of journals to consider:

  • Motivational Journal- Positive way to begin the day often using inspirational quotes to reflect upon
  • Gratitude Journal- focuses on things you are grateful for
  • Writer’s Journal-often gives you a topic to reflect upon
  • Thematic-record your thoughts and progress on a specific area
  • Success Journal- document your triumphs of the day
  • Free Form-Allows you to write about whatever is on your mind

There are also Professional Journals, Spiritual Journals, Reading Logs, and Dream Logs.

We recently took a trip to our local bookstore and were amazed and amused at all the journals available. There is a journal for every personality under the sun! We picked out a few for ourselves and a few to gift to others. You will hear all about the journals we plan to gift in a post next week.

Journals We Purchased Recently

A Year of Mindfulness: A 52-Week Guided Journal to Cultivate Peace and Presence

Bullet Journals: Our personal favorites! Bullet journals are part date book and part creative outlet. We use these to keep track of our goals and thoughts and create fun lettering and art. See the videos below to learn more about Bullet Journaling.

Moon Lists: Questions and Rituals for Self-Reflection

Q & A: 365 Questions, 5 Years, 1,825 Answers

The Story of My Life: If a story is in you, it has to come out

Check out this Buzzfeed list of fun journals to try.  They range from a Scribble Diary to Letters to my Future Self!  Great gift ideas here!

Journaling Resources


Bullet Journaling for Beginners
7 Great Journaling Tips
How to Journal Everyday
Hand Lettering Basics

We were excited to find these Skill Share Introduction to Journaling classes. You can take the classes for free with their free trial.

One thought on “Benefits of Journaling and Types of Journals

  • I like how you pointed out that journaling can help you remember events more easily. My wife and I are going to be traveling in a different country soon, and we want to make sure that we can remember every detail of the trip. I will have to tell my wife to keep a journal while we are traveling so that we can have this memory for the rest of our lives.


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