When I think of journaling, I often associate the process of getting the “bad stuff” out of my head. Emotional journaling promotes better mental and physical health. Seeing problems in black-and-white on the paper helps me think clearly about possible solutions.
However, we shouldn’t focus solely on the negative. It is important to use our journal to document the good times too.
In the past few years, the book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has taken the world by storm. Netflix even created a video series focused on cleaning and organizing our homes. The author’s name has now become a verb: Marie Kondo-ing.
The essence of her message — keep only what sparks joy — is an important one. What sparks joy for you? Perhaps the objects which take space in your home, but also past seasons of life, people, and events.
By keeping track of joy in our journals, we may discover some memories that no longer serve us. If that is the case, do as Marie suggests: thank the experience for its service. Then let it go.