Journaling has many benefits for health, as well as life in general. The process doesn't have to complicated. Find yourself a fancy notebook and a special pen if that inspires you to stick with the habit, but a traditional composition book and whatever writing implement is handy are just as effective. One thing that does make all the difference in journaling is putting it on the schedule. Whether it's first thing in the morning or just before bed, setting aside a particular time each day ensures you make time for this proven lifestyle perk.

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1. Reduce Stress

The act of sitting and writing helps put thoughts and feelings into perspective. Journaling pairs the analytical portion of the brain with the creative side, which often prompts a new way of looking at a situation. The biggest benefit when it comes to stress? There's no need to write about a particular trigger. Simply taking the time to sit and write — about anything — is enough.

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