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Writing in a Diary Makes You Smarter

Do You Keep a Diary?

My mom and my grandmother are two of the most dedicated diary writers I know. For decades they have written a few sentences describing what they did for each day of the year. It's a tedious task, but the best part is that they can say, "I wonder what I was doing on this day in 1975," and actually find an answer!

Considering that my mom and grandma also happen to be very bright in my opinion, a new study confirms what I should have already known: keeping a diary makes you smarter. The study found that when students recorded their anxieties in a journal, they scored better on tests. And in 2011, diaries don't have to be made of paper. There are tons of apps for smartphones or iPads that can help you keep a document of your life. Despite all these options, though, I have to admit that I'm not very good at keeping a journal. I tend to only write in my diary when something is making me frustrated or upset, so it ends up being less of a record of my life and more of a record of my rantings.

What about you?

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