Selfless Journaling Prompts

 

If you want to transform your life, journaling may be the key. 

A new year naturally gets you thinking about what you want to achieve in the coming months. Most of us start January with a plan to do better, act better, be better – but, come February, all our good intentions have fallen by the wayside.

And that’s OK. Life is super busy; some days it's enough to get through your to-do list by bedtime. And shooting for the moon might be hella rewarding, but it’s also hard work (anyone who says otherwise is selling something).

When you want to make concrete, lasting changes to your life, a regular journaling practice is the right place to start.

By putting aside a regular time – either when you wake or before bed – to jot down your thoughts, goals and dreams for the day, you’re increasing your self-awareness and allowing yourself to establish small, keystone habits that will spill over into the rest of your life.

Keystone habits, are small changes you make that unlock a cascade of other minor changes in your life – which eventually lead up to complete transformation. 

Journaling is one of the most potent keystone habits you can have. Increasing evidence shows journaling has a positive impact on both your physical and mental well-being. It can strengthen your immune cells, decrease symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis and reduce stress by helping you come to terms with challenging events.

Writing routinely in your journal clarifies how you feel about people and situations. It helps you understand what makes you feel happy, healthy and confident. And it can also help you be the change you want to see in the world.  

Selfless journaling ideas for welcoming wonder into your life: the strange thing about focusing on and helping others is that it makes you feel great too.

Psychologists call this ‘helper's high', and it's akin to a drug-induced high because performing a selfless act releasing dopamine to create a euphoric effect.

Selfless acts have been proven to help you live longer and healthier, have fewer aches and pains and reduce your chance of serious illness by almost 50% - that's a stronger effect than exercising four times a week or nearly as good for your health as quitting smoking!

Here’s some journal prompt ideas to get you started:

  • What are your essential values? Ask yourself what you care about that doesn’t have a monetary value. What does your best selfless life look like? Who in your life shares the same perspective? Are there any values you would like to embrace further? 
  • Who would you like to support more? What causes really get your heart racing? Are there any charities you'd want to be more involved in? What talents could you bring to the table to help? How can you best contribute time to what matters to you?
  • How can you help save the earth? Climate change is now– we all know it; we can see it happening all around us, and rapidly. How can you help – beyond the war on waste? What sustainable products can you switch to that will make a difference 
  • How can you boost compassion? How do others feel in your presence? Do they feel acknowledged, heard and cared for? Could you be more empathetic in certain areas? Could you practice active listening more? What can you do today to make someone’s life better?
  • How can you be of more service to others? Are you kind – even with strangers? What are some ways you can learn to open your heart and approach others with peace, tolerance and patience?                                                                                So, it stands to reason that if journaling is beneficial for your wellbeing, selfless journaling can instigate euphoric feelings and inspire you to help others more.
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