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  1. Hi Stephan! Really awesome post! I can definitely relate to writing a letter to someone without giving it to them. It does help to calm and release those emotions. I always felt better afterwards. I didn’t realize there were so many apps for journaling. I will be referencing this post in the future. Thank you so much!

    1. Stephan Zev says:

      Thanks for chiming in Jeanette! Glad you like the post 🙂

  2. I have kept a journal for the past 14 months and can honestly say that it is one of the greatest steps I’ve taken towards self-improvement. I enjoy doing it in the morning after I exercise as this is when I can start planning my day, acknowledge all that I am grateful for in my life, self-reflect on any areas that I feel need improvement and also, it can be a sacred time where I can just be myself without any judgement from the outside world. In a world which is filled with so much noise, I use my journal as a compass reviewed every three months to see whether I am still going in the direction which I have set out in order to achieve my dreams. I cannot recommend journaling enough. Thank you for a wonderful post Stephan.

    1. Stephan Zev says:

      What a nice comment Levi, thanks for chiming in! I’m glad to hear how journaling has made such a positive impact on your life!

  3. Hi Stephan,

    I’m one of the ones that kept a pen-and-paper diary in the past, but abandoned it precisely because my parents took it and read it without permission, betraying my trust in them. After that, I shifted to using the handphone and computer apps, but they never quite give the exact feeling of pen-and-paper, so I stopped writing.

    I did consider getting a diary with lock, but a lock feels as though I am being tied down and locking myself into a world, not allowing anyone to come inside, so I gave up on that idea too.

    Do you have any suggestions?

    1. Stephan Zev says:

      Hi Rachel, thanks for commenting! Yes, it’s a predicament. One idea is to write your entries on single sheet paper, photograph it, and store it in the cloud and/or on your computer in a private folder. Then destroy the paper itself. Obviously, it’s a bit more labor intensive but if you love the feel writing with pen and paper, perhaps this could work for you.

  4. lifebeginswithyourhealth says:

    Thank You Sir

    Another worthy article for people to read and learn, I started writing in a journal many years ago when my health got bad. It has helped me cope with my losses and even been an asset to my gains.

    There are many benefits writing your thoughts and feelings in a journal, I think we all might receive some different benefits depending on each person’s needs, I also recommend meditation and prayer.

    1. Stephan Zev says:

      Glad to hear it work for you Jeff. Do you use software for journaling or do you write on paper?

  5. Writing a journal has always been very helpful in the past as it really helps reflect what life direction I am planning on taking right now. There’s this saying that I will never forget. It was something like this: “a journal will always listen, and never talk back and criticize you” so I really do feel calmer afterwards.

    It also does bring out my creativity. Usually, when I read back on what I wrote before, I actually learn something new even though the information is old. Thank you for the great concepts. Thank you.

    1. Stephan Zev says:

      What a great quote! That really does sum it up, thanks for chiming in 🙂

  6. even those that have a mental disorder like myself. writing is good.

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