Before embarking on diary writing, many people ask: Why keep a journal? There are dozens of benefits of keeping a diary or journal.
Dr. James Pennebaker, a social psychologist at the University of Texas, spearheaded the research which investigated how expressive writing affects the writer. The results were astonishing. There is now objective, rational proof that writing expressively about meaningful life events, along with your emotions is of great personal benefit to both your physical and mental health.