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The Secret To Becoming Smarter, Happier, And Successful All Starts With A Pen And A Paper

Stand out against the crowd. The answer is so simple you'd have to reread the sentence.

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Everyone wants to be smarter, reach their goals, find inner peace, be happy in every and any way. But how does one exactly do that?

You'll need two things: pen and paper.

Seriously. If you have the chance to, go grab some now and take notes.

Journaling has way more benefits than you may think. It can help strengthen your vocabulary and also keep your mind active as well as keeping your creative juices flowing. It brings you to a state of mindfulness which is super important if you are feeling frustrated or down. Taking time to sit and journal can allow you to actually take a timeout from life and get your thoughts together.

You can learn so much more about yourself including your inner fears or wants. You can see your dreams and then desire to achieve them. It is the only place you can be 100% raw with yourself without judgment, offering an unexpected sense of healing when dealing with tough situations. Journaling offers so much for those who do it.

And no, it is not only for writers.


There are so many ways to go about journaling but I will show you two options to choose from. These prompts are for anyone, looking to improve their writing journey; experiencing writer's block; any beginners looking to start writing; or if you're bored and you want to spend your time being productive!

Here are some things to keep in mind when approaching these prompts: set at least 15 minutes to 30 minutes a day, aim to write 3-4x a week for at least a month, take slow and thoughtful deep breathes. You want to get into a clear headspace when writing (or write when your mind is in a jumbled state and see what you create) the more you write, the better! Don't be discouraged !

~Let's journal~

For Self-Discovery

What's draining my energy? How can I reduce or cut it out?

What makes me come alive? When was the last time I truly felt alive?

At the end of my life, what do I want my legacy to be?

If you would like to read the full list of self-discovery journaling prompts, check out this video: How to Journal + 30 Journaling Prompts for Self Discovery

Stream of Consciousness

Write for 15-30 minutes straight about any and everything! If you are ever stuck and blank out you can literally write "ugh I don't know what to write. I have nothing to write, blah blah blah..." The key is to KEEP WRITING & DO NOT STOP! Eventually you will have something to write about. Even if you end up writing "idk" down the page for 30 mins, take the time to reflect on that. Why did your mind go so blank? Maybe you aren't used to releasing your thoughts? Stream of consciousness journaling will become easier as you practice it more!

Use this prompt as a way to spark a possible poem, story, reflection, etc. Go back to your journal entry and circle any words or phrases that stick to you and then use them to create a new piece

Fun twist: Write with your eyes close! I did this exercise at a writing summer camp once and the result was odd but extremely interesting. Close your eyes and set pen to paper!

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