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  The Power of the Diary (Doll Article)

(October 01, 2007 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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When I was younger I had a diary. Okay, I had about five. Every time I started a new diary, I would be so excited thinking about all the secrets I was going to stash away and how this time I would write every day. I had dreams of maybe turning my diary into a book someday. But almost every time I would write for a week or so and then get out of the habit. Again.

When I was older I tried it again a few times. This time I used a journal. A journal is a lot like a diary, but in a journal you just share anything that goes through your head including stories and poems. I guess you can do that in a diary, too. But a diary is usually more of a daily account of what happened in your life. A journal is more open to thoughts and ideas.

Despite my best intentions, the journaling didnít stay strong. I still have my journal and I write in it every now and again. Despite my failed attempts, there are very good reasons to keep trying to get in the journaling habit.

Catharsis

Catharsis is a big word that means emotional release. When you write about your emotions it can help you process them. If youíre feeling overwhelmed and sad, writing about your life, your thoughts, and being free to just say anything that crosses your brain can help a lot. Nobody but you reads the journal, at least in theory, so you donít have to write in complete sentences or use punctuation. Just get your thoughts down to let the healing begin.

Processing

Writing is also good for giving you time to process something before reacting. You hear your best friend is talking about you behind your back. You can immediately confront her, but all of us know that we tend to say things we donít mean if we donít stop to think. So next time you get bad news, write about it. Treat that journal like the best friend it can be and help your brain shift though everything so you have a clear head and a good understanding of what to do next.

Entertainment

Finally, diaries and journals can be a lot of fun. Itís fun to write in them at the time. I canít tell you how many weddings Iíve planned. But itís even more fun when you find the journal a few years later and sit down to read it. Youíll see yourself as you never have before. A diary is like a time capsule. Itís amazing how much you forget over time, but reading your thoughts on a friend or seeing the names of your crushes from grade school can make you laugh and appreciate your life that much more.

And just think, if you love your journal two years later, imagine what it will be like when youíre an adult. Or go even farther and think about what your kids would think if they got to see what their mom was like as a kid. You might even ask your mom or grandmother if they have a journal or diary. They might be willing to share it and then youíll get to know your own family like never before. The written word can be truly amazing.


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Lovegoonie

26/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: May 2, 2009
I got a journal from Claire a few days ago but i cant open it
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xxjordynnmarie

22/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 21, 2007
I don't have a diary..but I have a book full of my drawings, and a book half full of poems and junk. sometimes when Im really mad, I write it all on computer, and then delete it..I feel alot better
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Lingushi

19/Female
Canton, NC
Posted On: November 1, 2007
I've got like 6 diaries and/or journals only 1 locks, and THAT'S the one I hide. I hide the key, too.
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BadLuck

27/Female
Guam
Posted On: October 10, 2007
Writing is easier then talking.

I dunno if what I keep is a diary or a journal

Everything gets written down and sometimes not in the same book.

A diary or journal is like a friend that will always listen. PLus, while writing you can sort out your feelings on paper. I've had arguements with myself on paper. Hmmm, does that make me crazy?
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Mrs_11

21/Female
Jacksonville, FL
Posted On: October 9, 2007
I HAVE A DIARY...I ENJOY HAVIN 1 CUZ WHENEVA I JUS WANNA SAY SUMTHIN REALLY BAD I CAN JUS WRITE IT OUT AND I FEEL MUCH BETTA
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funkey_monkeys

22/Female
Parchment, MI
Posted On: October 8, 2007
yea bout the diary... i try i write in one but.... idk i just can't. it feels stupid (w/e i write down i mean)
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sparcle9

21/Female
Canada
Posted On: October 6, 2007
I used to be to lazy so I would write dumb stuff and just draw but I stoped, took out all the pages and started writing. I love it I write so much...I say whatever I want...and I swear...and call the popular girl retarded...and if my mom saw she would KILL me...ACK THE PAGES ARE FALLING OUT!
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sparcle9

21/Female
Canada
Posted On: October 6, 2007
I just started a Diary yesterday...

I don't know why but right now I'm crying...

Maybe I should write in it...
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blubbernugget1

21/Female
Boca Raton, FL
Posted On: October 5, 2007
my diary has a monkey on the front and its holding a surfboard
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its_skiz_not_s

20/Female
Germany
Posted On: October 4, 2007
I'm terrible at keeping diaries.
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mangaka_worshi

20/Female
Japan
Posted On: October 3, 2007
I never have, and never will have a diary. I would hate it if someone found it, and plus why write it WHEN I CAN THINK IT!!!! Plus, I'm not killing trees by thinking.
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The_Aquanator

20/Female
Japan
Posted On: October 3, 2007
I have a blog and like, 4 or 5 dairys & journals! My mom just doesn't want me drawing in all my writing books, diarys, journals, & junk. So I keep me composision book handy.
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hypa_happi_rea

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: October 3, 2007
Luckily I don't have a diary so my little brother can't read it but i'm so loud and outgoing I don't keep much to myself anyway. Only my hunch about this boy..

Wawa xx
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never_more

22/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: October 3, 2007
i can never keep one up for longer than a week or so. I'm more of a creative writer, not one to make a detailed life story.
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blubbernugget1

21/Female
Boca Raton, FL
Posted On: October 3, 2007
i have had so many diaries where i will write in them and then stop cause i would forget about them, bad memory, so just the other day i bought one at a school bookfair that has this like surfer monkeything on the front of it and that diary really does help me i suggest it to anyone

-Neopets Freak

I LOVE NEOPETS SO MUCH!
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