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Dear Diary: the benefits of writing daily

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Happy New Year, dear reader. Have you made any resolutions yet? Maybe you’ve given up already (no judgment here). Every new year, I always promise to keep a diary and every year, I never do. But this time, I’m determined to stick with it. Here’s why it’s the perfect resolution for 2022.

1. It’s great to look back at.

Whether you want to tell your future children what life was like back in 2022, or have something for your older self to reminisce over, a diary is the perfect way to document your personal experiences. We are living through a massive historical event right now. I started a diary in 2020 but gave up mid-January and I regret it so much. That’s why I’m so determined to keep it up this time.

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2. You get an excuse to use that cute stationary you’ve been hoarding for years.

I know I’m not the only one out there with lots of notebooks and pens I never get the chance to use. If you can relate, this is your sign to finally use them! I got a fountain pen for Christmas and it’s so satisfying to write with. Choosing an adorable diary is half of the fun and makes the experience much more enjoyable.

3. Reflecting on your day can benefit your mental health.

I find that writing out my feelings at the end of each day is a great way to process them. It’s a great way of venting your frustrations too. No matter how you feel, those pages will be there to listen free of judgement.

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4. It only takes a few minutes out of your day, but is very rewarding.

Many people don’t stick to their resolutions because they’re too time consuming. Depending how much you like to write, keeping a diary only takes five to ten minutes out of your day. Imagine how rewarding it’ll be at the end of the year when you have a whole 365 days of words

5. Practicing your writing skills makes you a better student.

As the old saying goes, practice makes perfect. Exercising your writing skills daily can improve your vocabulary and grammar. This comes in extra handy for uni essays and assignments, especially if you’re a journalism student.

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1 Comment

  1. Oh yeah. I always enjoy going back to random posts in my notebooks from years ago just to see what I did on any particular day, so point #1 is definitely a great reason to keep a diary. This is a nice and easily-digestible post. Thanks for sharing!

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