Several years after launching a nonprofit for girls, I found myself craving more support, more time, more peace, more answers and less stress.
For the first few years of that business, my journal had become a running to-do list. There was nothing personal about my writing in my journal. It was filled with checkmarks and arrows and names to call, email, follow up with followed by flat out begging that something would shift.
After reaching my breaking point, I got a new journal.
I turned off my phone, sat down with a cup of coffee, a blue Bic pen and I let myself write.
For weeks, I wrote.
I wrote about my anger for feeling so burnt out.
I wrote about my dreams of wanting something different.
I wrote about what I wanted to do next.
I wrote about ways I longed to feel happy again.
The more I wrote, the better I felt.
The more I wrote, the less stressed I felt.
The more I wrote, the more I changed.
Until one day, I realized I had become the shift I was craving and begging for in my earlier journals.
I had journaled myself happier.
Research out of University of Texas at Austin, shows that journaling about emotions and stress actually boost our immune system and in turn reducing the impact of the stress on our physical health.
Other research shows that journaling helps clarify our thoughts and feelings, helps us know ourselves better and increases our problem-solving ability.
I buy into all of that. I lived it. I am it. I believe it. I became it. Which is why I created Journal to Happy.
Journal to Happy is a therapeutic journaling e-course I designed. Its purpose is to help participants of the course reframe their thoughts, beliefs and stories that clutter their day and mind.
Each day for six week participants receive a different question or thought to journal about.
I’ve designed the course around six core words – naturally because as a wordsmith myself, I believe in the power of a single word.
We’re journaling about and redefine what these words, feelings and beliefs mean to us:
By spending time each day for six weeks journaling, participants will see a shift in their moods, behaviors and overall state of well-being.
My goal is that the people who go through this course do in fact journal themselves into a happier state of being.
It worked for me.
It’ll work for you.
To check out Journal to Happy, go to www.journaltohappy.com.
Please pass this on to someone you know who is looking for a way to recharge, redefine or reframe their life right now.
Carrie Severson is an entrepreneur and storyteller trainer who teaches leaders how to step into their stories and share their lessons. She writes about love, health, burnout, harmony and purpose for national media outlets. She can often times be found on a stage sharing stories. You can always find [...]