Before zooming in on The Five Minute Journal, let’s zoom out for a minute and ask…
Why does journaling work?
In The Five Minute Journal, there’s a ~30-page introduction to how, and why, the journal works.
One of the interesting studies they cite is a 2003 study by Emmons and McCullough.
This study found that keeping a daily gratitude journal leads to:
- Better sleep
- Reductions of physical pain
- A greater sense of well-being
- A better ability to handle change
Quite the benefits from a few minutes of scribbling if you ask me!
“Writing in this journal each morning and night is the closest thing to a magic pill.”
Now, I won’t spend a ton of time explaining why journaling works.
Looking for more information on why journaling works?
I recommend the following resources.
Personally, I’ve found the ritual of writing in the journal spilling out into other areas of my life.
For instance, I’m more likely to write down my thoughts in general (which I highly suggest).
Journaling is a zero downsides activity with unlimited upside.
It’s cheap, fast, and fun.
It really is a no-brainer to try out 🙂
Let’s see how it works!