What Makes Journaling So Powerful — And Popular?

May is Mental Health Month, giving us all the chance to think about what we’re doing – both as organizations and as individuals – to support our own well-being and the well-being of those around us. One incredibly powerful tool to support mental health is actually a simple practice that many of us have probably done at some point. It takes only a little bit of time and minimal costs, requires no fancy equipment or specialized skills, and can be done anytime, anywhere.

That tool? Journaling!

The Benefits of Journaling

Journaling might seem like a simple thing, but research has shown significant correlations between the practice and a host of health benefits, like mood improvements, mental sharpness, attention spans, and more. It can have physical benefits, too! Journaling can benefit the immune system, and one study found that it can potentially aid in healing injuries or wounds. Various literature has even suggested that expressive writing (of which journaling is a common form) can have positive effects on individuals with chronic conditions, depression, and even some cancers.

The effects of journaling can vary widely, so it’s certainly not a one-size-fits-all cure-all. Journaling is a highly personal practice, too, so the actual means of journaling might be different for each person. Some might journal daily for short periods of time; others might set aside a weekly or biweekly hour. Some might prefer writing carefully and elegantly to be aesthetically pleasing; others might jot down their thoughts quickly. The manner matters less than the actual practice itself.

In the New York Times, Dr. James W. Pennebaker, a social psychologist and specialist in writing therapy, suggests that journaling unlocks a series of positive effects in the mind and body. As he explains, writing things down can help us to organize events and make sense of emotions or even traumas. This frees up our brains to improve our memories and our sleep habits, rather than expending energy on processing. In turn, better sleep and mental acuity allow us to feel stronger, have better moods, and even have stronger immune systems.

It’s a ripple effect for your well-being – and it all starts with a simple journal.

Journals As an Onboarding Gift

 When you’re choosing onboarding gifts, you’re looking for products that convey a few things all at once. First and foremost, you want your new employee to feel welcome in the company. You also want to emphasize key cultural values – things like integrity, communication, and a commitment to employee success and well-being.

All of those values (and more) certainly align with the choice of a journal as an onboarding gift. A journal, with its beautiful cover and its blank pages, conveys to employees that their thoughts are welcome here and that their well-being is a priority for you. It invites them to jot down their ideas, whether to share or just for them, to encourage creativity and outside-the-box thinking.

Even better? It can also be an eco-friendly gift! Today’s promotional products include a wide range of journals that are made from recycled and sustainable materials, underlining your brand’s commitment to the planet. Pair one of these journals with a well-made refillable pen, and you’ve got a memorable, classic onboarding gift that supports creativity, well-being, and sustainability all at once.

At Priority, we believe that promotional products are one of the most effective ways to convey your brand’s values and build connections with your customers and employees. Our extensive catalog of products includes a wide range of journals that can be branded and customized for your needs. Talk to us today to learn more about these and other items that can make a great first impression and support your employees’ well-being, both at their desks and at their homes!


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