Daily journals topics
Daily Journaling: Prompts, Ideas, Questions, and Topics
Daily Journaling: Prompts, Ideas, Questions, and Topics
By Tchiki Davis, MA, PhD
What is journaling and how do you start a daily journaling practice? Learn here about the science of journaling, and get prompts, ideas, questions, and topics to write about.
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What Is Journaling? (A Definition)
Journaling refers to writing down your thoughts or observations in a journal or notebook. It could focus on positive or negative thoughts. It could be about the past, present, or future. It can really be anything, as long as you're getting the thoughts from your mind onto the page.
Daily journaling techniques
Another journaling technique is called bullet journaling. This is more about making lists and organizing information in creative and helpful ways.
Still other journaling techniques can be more visual and may involve collage, drawings, or other creative additions. When it comes to journaling, the definition, design, and technique can really be up to you.
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What Are the Benefits of Daily Journaling?
We may have the assumption that all journaling is good for us, but the last few decades of research has shown us that the extent to which journaling—or expressive writing—is good for us depends a lot on what, exactly, we write about.
One leader in this research field has been James Pennebaker. His primary findings are that writing about emotional experiences tends to result in improvements in mental and physical health. More specifically, these benefits can come from 15-30 minutes of daily journaling for 3-5 days (Pennebaker, 1997). That's it. That means that daily journaling for just one week can result in benefits.
The reason why expressive writing works is thought to be because inhibiting our thoughts and emotions is bad for our health. By self-disclosing the things we haven't told anyone, we help release that burden of keeping it all inside ourselves (Pennebaker, 1997). And because a journal is private, we can freely and comfortably share thoughts and feelings that we might not feel comfortable sharing with others, maybe not even a therapist.
Does daily journaling always have benefits?
Most importantly, those with the most severe emotional challenges may benefit the least from journaling. In fact, those with the most severe distress may do harm to themselves by journaling about emotional events because they may not have the social or emotional resources to process these events and emotions. So, daily journaling may be the most effective and appropriate for those who have mild to moderate levels of distress (Manier & Olivares, 2005).
Daily Journaling Instructions
To try a science-based approach to daily journaling, use these instructions:
Write about your very deepest thoughts and feelings about an important issue that has affected your life. You might tie your experience to your relationships, past experiences, or anything else that seems relevant.
Try to write daily for 5 days in a row or weekly for 1 month—both approaches appear to be effective (Pennebaker, 1997).
Daily Journaling Ideas
In addition to Pennebaker's research on expressive writing, a variety of other journalling approaches have been studied. These other journaling approaches may be a bit easier and more approachable for most of us. Let's talk about some of them now.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) journaling
Daily Journaling Questions
To start your daily journaling practice, it can be helpful to have some questions to think about. You might want to focus on one or two per day. That way, you'll be able to explore the concept deeply and hopefully uncover new insights that you were previously unaware of. Here are some daily journaling questions to ponder while exploring different types of journaling.
Expressive and emotional journaling questions
Gratitude and positive journaling questions
Reflective journaling questions
Health journaling questions
Goal journaling questions
Daily Journaling Prompts
In addition to daily journaling questions, you might find it easier to start writing with some prompts—or jumping-off points to get your writing going. Here are some daily journaling prompts to help get your mind churning.
Daily journaling prompts for mental health
Daily journaling prompts for physical health
Video: Journal prompts for anxiety and depression
Daily Journaling Topics
Have you already done a lot of self-reflection and inner exploration? Then you might be in need of some additional topics to dive deeper. These can help you fill in gaps when you feel like you've already processed that big stuff. So what other topics might you want to write about in your daily journal? Here are some more ideas:
Journaling topics to explore emotions
Journaling topics to explore your true self
Journaling topics to explore your well-being
Video: What can be learned from daily journaling
Daily Journaling Tips
Hopefully, you now have a better idea of what to write about in your journal. So how do you stick to journaling every day (or every week if that's a better fit for you)? Here are some tips that might help.
1. First, get a journal and a pen that you like.
Here are some of the best journals for daily journaling:
2. Keep your journal somewhere where you'll see it.
3. Attach your daily journaling habit to another habit.
Daily Journaling Templates
Sometimes it's helpful to just have a template to help you write a bit each day. Here are a couple of daily journaling templates to give you ideas.
More Daily Journaling Practices
If you want more ideas for other science-based writing practices to do in your journal, check out some of our activities. You can write your responses to the prompts in these activities in your journal to gain deeper insight into them.
How to Start Daily Journaling
The best way to develop a new habit is to 1.) set a small, achievable goal, 2.) commit to your goal in writing, and 3.) create implementation intentions, or a "plan B", to stay on track with your goals. The tool below will aid you with this process while simultaneously helping us learn more about journaling.
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52 Simple Daily Journal Prompts
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Journaling is a wonderfully meditative practice. It helps you reflect on your day, plan for the future, and get creative juices flowing for more directed writing. If you need specific topics to inspire you, keep reading for a collection of daily journal prompts.
Reflective Journal Prompts
Sometimes it feels like we had a bad day, but we can’t figure out why. Reflective journaling at the end of the day can help you make sense of what went wrong – and what went right! Try out these prompts to finish your day reflectively.
- What was the most peaceful moment during the day?
- Describe something you learned today that you didn’t know before.
- Would you change any of the decisions you made today?
- How were your meals today? Do you feel nourished?
- What frightened you today?
- Who do you wish you had talked to today? How do they improve your life?
- Describe the moments of frustration you felt today. How would your day have changed if those moments were different?
- If you’d had another hour during the day, how would you have spent it?
- Did something (or someone) empower you today?
- Did you stop yourself from doing something you enjoy today? Why or why not?
- Reflect on how your body feels. Where are you storing your stress? What put it there?
- Who helped you the most today? Who did you help the most?
- Describe your day from another person’s perspective. Is it different from yours?
Aspirational Journal Prompts
Putting your dreams and wishes on paper probably won’t make them real. But using them as journal prompts can help you learn more about yourself, and help get your pencil moving. Check out these ideas for aspirational journal prompts:
- If you were in charge, what would you forbid immediately?
- What needs to change in your job for you to feel fulfilled?
- Write about a hobby that you’d like to pick up.
- If you could relive any day of your life and change nothing, what day would you choose?
- How would you like your life to be different in a year? How would you like it to be the same?
- If you had to live in another country, where would you live?
- How could you change your life to become a hero to someone else?
- What was something you desperately wanted as a child? What do you desperately want now?
- If you could take any college course you wanted, what would you take?
- Describe your ideal weekend. What would it include? What wouldn’t it include?
- Rewrite a conversation you’ve had in the way you wish it had gone.
What Would You Do? Journal Prompts
It may seem like you can respond to these questions in one sentence. But if you really think about each answer, and what happens next, you’ll find that the answers aren’t quite so simple. Put some hypotheticals into your writing with these prompts that ask you “What would you do?”
- What would you do if you found a puppy in the street?
- What would you do with a million dollars if you had to spend it in one hour?
- What would you do if you needed to change your career or major?
- What would you do if you could suddenly read minds?
- What would you do if you were locked out of your house?
- What would you do if your loved one were accused of a crime?
- What would you do if you were stranded on a desert island with someone you dislike?
- What would do if you lost all your possessions? What would you replace? What wouldn’t you replace?
- What would you do if you lost one of your senses? Which would be the most difficult one to lose?
Letter Journal Prompts
Have you ever wanted to tell someone what you really thought? Use these journaling prompts to write letters to people who know, people you’ve never met – and even yourself. When you’re done, you can keep them safe in your journal, or send them to their intended recipients.
- Write a note to a teacher who inspired you. How have you used their lessons in your current life?
- What would you say to a childhood bully if you could?
- Write a letter to your teenage self.
- Put yourself 20 years in the future. Write a letter to your future self with questions and predictions.
- Write a thank you letter to someone after they gave you a terrible gift.
- Craft a breakup letter to a bad habit.
- Think about your first crush or love. Write them the letter you wish you’d sent.
- Write a letter from someone else to you. What do you need to hear from them?
- Look at your last few text messages. Rewrite one of them into a longer letter as if you were in the eighteenth century.
- Write a letter to someone you’ve lost.
Memory Journal Prompts
Memories can be fun to write about. Other memories can be more painful. But when we write about our memories, we can process moments in a very concrete way. Try out these prompts to write about your warm, exciting, or difficult memories.
- What was your best age so far?
- Do you have a memory that should be happy, but instead makes you sad? What about the other way around?
- When is a time in your life that you felt successful?
- Think about your best friend in childhood. What did you like to do together?
- Write about a trip you took where something (or everything!) didn’t go according to plan.
- Think about a lesson your parents taught you either by doing something well or not doing it well.
- When in your life have you felt brave?
- What book made you fall in love with reading?
- How old were you when you first felt like an adult?
The Power of Journaling
These 52 prompts are a great place to start if you’re in the mood to write. You can adapt any of them into personal essays, or keep them as a type of literary time capsule. To bring journaling into the classroom, check out an article with tips for teaching students how to journal.
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Newspapers and their role in the life of modern society
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Saratov State Medical University
Newspapers are an important part of the life of modern society, but at present they are increasingly being replaced by the Internet, which has both positive and negative results
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For modern society, high-quality and timely information is one of the main values. Its creation and dissemination is a function of the mass media, among which one of the most ancient is the periodical press.
The role of newspapers and magazines in the life of society is enormous. Magazines, newspapers, popular science and fiction are the main means of storing and transmitting from generation to generation all the achievements of science and culture. For people of all ages, magazines and newspapers serve as a source of knowledge, help to learn and appreciate life, understand the laws of social relations and natural phenomena. The role of the press is especially great for the formation of social and moral ideals of a person, for the assimilation by him of the norms of social behavior.
Today, the competition to the press is made up of television and the Internet. But it still remains one of the important sources of information. In order to determine the reader's interests on the popular science portal of the journal "Science and Life" (http://www.nkj.ru), a vote was held. 700 users took part in it. It turned out that 19% of users read magazines about computer technology and programming, 14% are interested in socio-political journalism, literary and artistic publications are in third place. Following are various newspapers about hunting and fishing, about design and interior, and "women's" publications (9-6%). Slightly less readers are interested in magazines dedicated to famous people - 4.5%, sports newspapers - 3%, newspapers and magazines about health - 2.8%, about home economics - 2.5%, tourism - 1.9%.
Based on the results of the public opinion survey, a rating of the most widely read Russian periodicals was compiled. The rating was calculated based on three factors: popularity from journalists, readers and advertisers. The first place in the section "Business Newspapers" is occupied by the daily newspaper "Kommersant" (circulation 120-130 thousand copies). The Izvestia newspaper was founded in 1917, and since then it has been published 5 times a week, with a circulation of over 150,000 copies. The daily newspaper Vedomosti ranks third, with a circulation of over 75,000 since 1999. Komsomolskaya Pravda is the leader in the rating of Mass Newspapers, it is published 6 times a week. "Arguments and Facts" is on the second line after "Komsomolskaya Pravda". In 1990, the weekly was included in the Guinness Book of Records as the publication with the largest circulation (100 million readers and 33.5 million copies). Moskovsky Komsomolets is a daily all-Russian newspaper founded in 1977, ranked third
place in the rating of "Massovye newspapers". At present, it is published with a circulation of 700,000 copies.
The most popular newspapers and magazines about medicine and health are "Healthy Lifestyle - Vestnik ZOZH" (the most popular newspaper in Russia on the topic of health) and "AiF pro Zdoroda" (a monthly health magazine for young women). The third place is occupied by the Warning Plus edition.
The era of the Internet significantly affects the history of the periodical press. To preserve and expand the contingent of readers, printed periodicals have their own online version, post issues and create archives on their websites on the Internet.
The press has always been a source of information. To determine its role in informing modern society, we conducted a sociological study in the student and teaching environment of the Saratov State Medical University. IN AND. Razumovsky. Respondents were asked to answer the question about what is the source of new information for them. Among the 100 students surveyed, 80% answered that they learn about new events and news via the Internet, 15% watch TV, and only 5% leaf through newspapers or look through magazines.
The teachers answered the same question in a different way. In the group of teachers older than 45, among 30 respondents, half, 15 people, read newspapers (at least 3-4 times a week), 13 people watch TV and 2 people “surf the Internet”. Teachers explain their attention to printed publications by the already established long-term tradition of reading. Teachers under 45 pay more attention to the Internet. In their research group, the opinions of respondents were divided almost evenly between exposure to news on the Internet, on TV, and from newspapers and magazines. But even in this group, 70% of respondents read printed publications at least once a week.
Thus, it can be concluded that the print media remain relevant sources of information for a modern person. The Internet and information technology can act not only as a competing factor, but as a factor in the growth of periodical print media.
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