There are so many ways you can journal!
You can keep your diary online, you can
keep a Gratitude Journal, or you can do my
version of Daily Emotional Dialysis to filter
out all of the toxins that build up each day.
But nothing can beat the long-term benefits you
can get from keeping a Pride and Joy Journal!
It’s Just The Good Stuff!
Unlike other kinds of journaling, where you don’t
censor your thoughts and feelings, with a Pride and
Joy Journal you specifically focus on writing down
a list of all the things you have achieved or accomplished,
the sincere compliments you have received, and the
things about which you feel genuine pride and joy.
Isn’t That Boasting?
Some people might be a little bit uncomfortable with
a list of all they have accomplished and been thanked for.
If that’s the case, then don’t keep this type of journal.
But for most people, being able to look back and see
evidence of goals achieved, kindnesses acknowledged,
and that you have made a difference can be very good.
This is especially true for those who suffer from bouts
of depression and anxiety, and who sometimes lose
their belief in their own sense of inner goodness as
human beings. In dark moments, it is difficult to
remember all the good that you have done, all the
times that you have been able to achieve your goals
and see dreams realized that were important to you.
A Little Sunshine On A Cloudy Day
A Pride and Joy Journal is often the perfect thing to
pull out and take a look at on a day when depression
hits or you have suffered a setback or disappointment.
A little reminder of good times, people who love you
and have appreciated your being here, evidence that
you have been able to be powerful in achieving your
goals in the past may help you to feel empowered to
carry on today when the sun is hidden behind a cloud.
It’s okay to take a little pride and joy in the things that
you do well, with kindness and with love.