I write in my gratitude journal daily – first thing in the morning. I recently attended a journaling workshop at Full Circle Yoga and since have incorporated positive affirmations that “reprogram” my subconscious. An example is “I have everything I need. I deserve to live abundantly.”

Handwriting takes a bit more effort than typing on a computer, especially if you’re a fast typist. The benefits of handwriting, though, last longer in my opinion. Scientific evidence supports that “the act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, intuit and feel.”

My writing removes mental blocks and allows me to clarify some feelings (negative and positive) to give me a clear perspective to start my day with a clear mind.

I’ve always encouraged my GrandAngels to take their journals on most explorations we’ve shared. There’s lots of laughter when we read some older entries because they see how their thoughts have matured. I’ve asked them to share their thoughts about writing vs. texting/typing. Here are a few:

  • “Writing lasts forever. Texts or e-mails go away and use up data, and you end up deleting them later.”
  • “Watching someone’s face when they read your handwritten letter gives me so much satisfaction.”
  • “Writing makes me more productive and mentally strong.””It’s cool to look back and see my old handwriting and short stories.”
  • “It’s fun to hand write letters to your friends then send them in the mailbox because a lot of people don’t do that anymore.”
  • “I feel that writing helps me remember the details about the event.”
  • “Writing still matters because electronics break when you least expect it.”

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