Why you do your journaling on paper

Why you do your journaling on paper

The Youlosophy catalog of products and services is packed with references to journaling.

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There is no secret we are big fans of this, and now there’s also tons of scientific evidence explaining the several benefits (both physical, mental and emotional) of the simple art of writing a few lines of thoughts every day.

While you can access our Mindfulness Journals on our app, Alexa skills and the rest of the Youlosophy digital ecosystem, we won’t hide the fact that we would much rather you journaled on paper. Call us old-fashioned or incurable romantics, but nothing beats taking the time to think and write carefully.

Here are some of the benefits of paper journaling:

It's better for learning

Putting ink to paper stimulates a part of the brain called the Reticular Activating System, or the RAS. According to Lifehacker, "The RAS acts as a filter for everything your brain needs to process, giving more importance to the stuff that you're actively focusing on that moment — something that the physical act of writing brings to the forefront." When you finish an activity from our plans and you make a breakthrough, writing it on paper helps you focus more and engraves the idea in your mind. Writing something daily eventually turns these “new concepts” into habits, and your brain will take care without requiring any effort from you. This is when your life changes for the better.

It’s distractions-free

And this is essential for reflection. Some of our daily activities suggest you don’t think much and simple jot down names or ideas into a list. In this case, using a digital support would do the trick. But when the day is done, you’re in bed, and you decide to invest some time on yourself and reflect on everything that’s happened, we don’t think it’s a great idea to do this kind of deeper, calmer thinking on a screen that will, inevitably, lure you with distractions in all directions.

Writing longhand is a workout

According to The Wall Street Journal, some physicians claim that the act of writing — which engages your motor-skills, memory, and more — is good cognitive exercise. The Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience claims that journaling on paper helps acquire new skills much faster than when typing is done. Since our programs are all about personal learning and development, you can see why we insist that you always carry a notebook with you!

At Youlosophy we develop topic-specific programs and diaries for your personal development journey . All of them rely heavily on journaling. Take a look at our Catalog and pick the one that fits best with who you are today.


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