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The Power of Pen . . . and Paper! July 19, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

Journaling on a daily basis helps boost creative thinking.

It allows us to access hidden recesses and expand the boundaries of our minds.

It promotes clarity and fosters insight as we allow our imagination to take flight.

It helps us to assign positive meaning to what life metes out.

It improves our ability to “think outside the box” and come up with creative solutions.

Judy Willis MD, a neurologist, and former classroom teacher explains, “The practice of writing can enhance the brain’s intake, processing, retaining, and retrieving of information… it promotes the brain’s attentive focus … boosts long-term memory, illuminates patterns, gives the brain time for reflection, and when well-guided, is a source of conceptual development and stimulus of the brain’s highest cognition.”

To read more about the benefits of this powerful practice:

The Life-Changing Habit of Journaling (Why Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Many More Great Minds Recommend it)

Best of all, starting a morning journal practice is simple:

  1. Find a pen or pencil.
  2. Grab a notebook or sheet of paper.
  3. Write, draw, doodle, reflect, reminisce, explore, etc.

It’s your boat to float!

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. joyroses13 - July 19, 2017

So true about journaling being so good for you! I have been journaling since I was 13 and it has become a part of me!

nrhatch - July 19, 2017

I journaled all through college. Slowed down after that, but still pull out a journal when I’ve got some “thnking” to do.

joyroses13 - July 19, 2017

Yes, I do have periods of doing it regularly and then sometimes it may go awhile.

nrhatch - July 19, 2017

Writing promotes clarity!

2. misifusa - July 19, 2017

I love to journal too!

nrhatch - July 19, 2017

It’s good to know it can be so good for us!

3. Jill Weatherholt - July 19, 2017

My head would explode, if I didn’t journal.

nrhatch - July 19, 2017

That would be BAD!

4. Kate Crimmins - July 19, 2017

I don’t journal but I make notes. Lots of notes. In little notebooks. They note what I did or what’s blooming or when I bought something. Does that count?

nrhatch - July 19, 2017

I expect it benefits you in similar ways, Kate. But when I journal it is different than just recording events . . . It’s processing them in a beneficial way ~ like blogging!

5. Tippy Gnu - July 19, 2017

I’m going to put this advice in my journal.

nrhatch - July 19, 2017

Excellent plan!

6. Ally Bean - July 19, 2017

I’m a scribbler from way back, so I’m happy to read that my jottings and notes, that are nothing like a traditional journal, are considered healthy. That’s how my boat floats.

nrhatch - July 19, 2017

You & DaVinci!

7. L. Marie - July 20, 2017

I also journal! I might miss a day or two. But I like scribbling on the page. 😀 Occasionally, I’ll draw something when words fail me.

nrhatch - July 20, 2017

There is something so relaxing about putting pen to paper to write, draw, and color (outside the lines).

8. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - July 20, 2017

I texted my boyfriend today that one of the errands we needed to run this weekend while he was here was to go find me a new journal. I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal, for a year and a half now, and while I don’t write it in every day, I’m pretty consistent – some times a paragraph, and sometimes a page, but I have enjoyed it so much more than I expected!

nrhatch - July 20, 2017

That’s great, Kate! Developing an attitude of gratitude pays huge dividends. Hope your new one is soon full to overflowing with “all good things.”

9. roughwighting - July 21, 2017

I know it’s true! (still laughing at Jill’s reaction). I just taught a creative writing class where they had to write a quick piece of fiction with five very different words in it (chocolate cake, radio, forest, reaction, sprint). I told them they’d just added 500 neurons to their brains. They didn’t believe me. Now I’m going to share your post with them! xo

nrhatch - July 21, 2017

Excellent! Did you enjoy their creative writing submissions?

roughwighting - July 22, 2017


10. Joanne Sisco - July 22, 2017

In movies it is common to see people with wonderful journals full of notes and sketches. That’s what I wanted – notes and sketches. All I ever had was notes. No sketches.
Some day …. it’s on the list of things I’d like to do 🙂

nrhatch - July 23, 2017

Adding sketches is a fun idea . . . Especially if your inner artist wants to play!

Joanne Sisco - July 24, 2017

My inner artist definitely wants to play. Now if only she had a muse … 😉

nrhatch - July 25, 2017


11. Behind the Story - July 23, 2017

It’s a good practice. I don’t journal now, but I did for many years. I’ve kept my old journals, and I use them sometimes for reference.

nrhatch - July 23, 2017

You’ve written some interesting posts after referring back to your journals.

12. diannegray - July 24, 2017

Oh yes – great advice, Nancy. Something I have been doing recently is trying to complete my crosswords left-handed. It’s not easy because I I’m using the wrong side of my brain to figure out the answers, but I’m getting there!

nrhatch - July 26, 2017

I am going to try that the next time I do a crossword . . . which may not be this week. We just returned from a 9 day trip and I have some “catching up” to do.

13. Debra - July 26, 2017

I journaled for many years and was a big follower of Julia Cameron’s Artists Way and Morning Pages, all tied to enhancing creativity. I haven’t given it much thought in many years. I don’t actually think I have the discipline for it today. Maybe I’ll think differently after reading more about the benefits.

nrhatch - July 26, 2017

If we don’t see/get enough benefit from the practice . . . it might be because we’ve “outgrown” it. I definitely journal in a far different way than when I was younger ~ less angst, for one thing.

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