Are you looking for a way to relieve stress? Think through a challenge? Expand your gratitude and enjoy life more? These are just a few of the benefits of regular journaling.
Often we think of journaling as writing down the daily happenings in our lives—and that’s one type of journaling. But did you know there are many other types of journals? Here are 11 types of journals you can use to enhance and document different aspects of your life.
Types of Journals
7. Talent Journal
Do you wonder what your talents are, or do you want to explore and develop them further? Writing about your talents can help you focus on how you use them and can even help you find new ones.
For more ideas on different types of journals, check out “7 Journal Ideas to Help You Record Your Story.”
What Is the Best Way to Keep a Journal?
There are different opinions about the best way to keep a journal: pen and paper, digital, voice recording, or other methods. The truth is, different methods work for different people. In fact, you may find that you like one method for one type of journal and a different method for another type. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find what works best for you.
How Often Should You Journal?
Again, there’s no right or wrong answer. It might help to remember, though, that the word journal comes from the French word jour, meaning “day.” The advantage of writing regularly is that you’re more likely to capture things accurately and less likely to forget your important experiences.
Sharing Your Journals
How often have you wished your ancestors kept a journal? Do you think your descendants might feel the same way? Your experiences could inspire them and give them hope. As Morgan Harper Nichols wrote, “Tell the story of the mountain you climbed. Your words could become a page in someone else’s survival guide.”
There are many ways to share a journal with your family. You can give them printed or digital copies or put your journal on a cloud service. You may even want to upload your most important journal entries to FamilySearch Memories. Consider putting them in an album in your FamilySearch Gallery so you can easily share them with others.
What Type of Journal Should I Try?
With all of these types of journals to choose from, it can be hard to decide which one is right for you. Don’t feel like you have to try them all—just choose one or two that seem most relevant to you. Keep in mind that your journaling may change over time. For example, you might keep a health or travel journal only for a certain length of time.
No matter how you journal and no matter what you journal about, journaling opens the door to self-reflection, self-understanding, and a richer life. Give it a try today!