Kenneth (kensmind) wrote in polloftheday,
Kenneth
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Why we journal

Studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association (AMA) show that keeping a journal has a positive influence on one's mental and physical health. The British Columbia People With Aids Society recommends journal writing as one of the key ways to reduce stress in life, along with meditation, exercise and prayer. Journalling, these sources say, "enables you to listen to yourself, to honour and open to your thoughts and feelings. Learning to love ourselves involves observing and remembering. Our being created, our unfoldings story is worth writing down. In this spirit of openness, our lives can be revealed through keeping a journal. A deeper relationship with yourself unfolds, the part of you connected to the soul that some call Godm the Tao, Higher Self, or the Creator."

Okay, whether or not you agree with any of that or think it's all a bunch of psychobabble and B.S., I'm curious to know if you actually keep a journal (using your own definition of that term), where and why.


Poll #1542577 Why we journal

Although you have a Livejournal account, do you actually do what you consider to be "keeping a journal" (either here or elsewhere)?

Yes
53(73.6%)
No
11(15.3%)
I'm not sure
5(6.9%)
Something else (what?)
3(4.2%)

If you keep a journal, where do you keep one? (Select as many as apply)

I just told you, I don't keep a journal
7(10.1%)
Livejournal
20(29.0%)
Blogger
0(0.0%)
Xanga
0(0.0%)
Open Diary
0(0.0%)
Diary-X
0(0.0%)
Gaia
0(0.0%)
Facebook
0(0.0%)
MySpace
0(0.0%)
Yahoo
0(0.0%)
Nexopia
0(0.0%)
Twitter
0(0.0%)
Blogster
0(0.0%)
I keep a journal or diary in a book or other written form
8(11.6%)
Something else (what?)
1(1.4%)

Why do you keep a journal? (Select all that apply)

How many times do I have to tell you, I don't keep a journal
7(10.3%)
It's good therapy
1(1.5%)
It helps me relieve stress
1(1.5%)
It helps me manage my anger
0(0.0%)
It helps me deal with some form of past abuse
0(0.0%)
It helps me cope with a phyiscal ailment
0(0.0%)
It stimulates my creativity
0(0.0%)
It helps me keep in touch with family and/or friends
2(2.9%)
It helps me in my business or profession
0(0.0%)
It is an aid in my spirituality
0(0.0%)
It helps me to address an addiction
0(0.0%)
It helps me in identifying, setting and meeting goals
0(0.0%)
It helps me to meet people
0(0.0%)
It enhances my education
0(0.0%)
Some other reason (what?)
5(7.4%)
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