Once the domain of teenage girls and the literati, journaling has become a hallmark of the so-called self-care movement, right up there with meditation. And for good reason: Scientific studies have shown it to be essentially a panacea for modern life. There are the obvious benefits, like a boost in mindfulness, memory and communication skills. But studies have also found that writing in a journal can lead to better sleep, a stronger immune system, more self-confidence and a higher IQ.
These are grand claims and it's ok if you're unconvinced. If nothing else, it's fun to wake up every morning and spew a hurried black scrawl all over those straight blue lines or dots.
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