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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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Frenched Frenched 6 years
I have one, but the fact that I do not write it on daily makes it more of a Journal and not a Diary. It seems like my emotional system dictates when I should be writing there. I will write there whenever I need to vent or whenever I am feeling really happy and just want to keep that feeling. I've kept journals for as long as I can remember, though. It's cool to have that outlet to vent and to be able to go back and read about how your life used to be!
ayuninur ayuninur 6 years!
juicebox07 juicebox07 6 years
I've had the same journal since I was 13. I only write it in when something major happens in my life (approx. once or twice a year). I like it that way b/c it's easier to look back on things without having to sort through uneventful entries.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
I have been keeping a journal on my computer since 2002. It's well over 300 pages now.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I wrote in one pretty much daily all through high school and part of college. Now I don't have as much to write about (my life isn't full with the same "drama") so I don't really write regularly.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
I don't write daily, but I do keep one that is written in at least once a month. I've been journaling since I was 13. I write tons of stuff down, not just complaints. Sometimes I paste pictures or quotes in there, as well.
dexaholic dexaholic 6 years
I have a blog that I use as my diary (it's private and I've only given a few trusted people the password), but I haven't written in it in a while. I have been thinking lately of getting back to it on a regular basis, because I love going back and reading over my posts.
Pistil Pistil 6 years
No, though I'd like to. I was good a keeping one throughout high school, but you're right... it was all 'rant, rave, cry, cry'. Pretty much what you'd expect.
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