We've heard it a million times, if we've heard it once. Keeping a notebook is good for you. We're lucky enough to have the notebooks of Emily Dickinson, Thomas Edison, Leonardo DaVinci, Jean-Michel Basquiat and countless other innovators, genius, mad, sane, or otherwise, as evidence that some amazing things have happened in notebooks and on paper.  Their notebooksare full of the ideas and thoughts that made these people some of the most influential figures humankind has ever known. Additionally, there have been numerous research studies done, in fields such as psychology and medicine, that indicate that keeping a notebook is good for our well being. It helps to improve our psychological, emotional, and physical health. In fact, it really makes no sense not to keep a notebook, just like it makes no sense to eat junk food and live a sedentary lifestyle. Yet, people are still eating cookies and chips, while binge-watching Netflix. Humans are remarkably intelligent and remarkably stupid, AT THE SAME TIME. We can build pyramids and space shuttles, and still we do things that we know are bad for us and resist doing things we know are good for us. It's baffling when you think about it. 

Still, I have hope. With nearly 25,000 followers of my notebooks on Instagram (@ninjatraveling), I am convinced now, more than ever, that lots of people do find the idea of keeping a notebook to be, at least, appealing. Some of the things I've heard that prevent people from being successful notebook keepers is that they 1) Don't know what to write about and 2) Don't believe that they know how to write about it. 

So, I'm going to make it my mission to help you do just that. I want to do what I can to help you figure out what to write about and learn many different techniques for writing and expressing yourself on paper/in a notebook. And if my experiences, the experiences of others, and research are correct, it will make your life better. 

Resources about the benefits of personal/journal writing:

 

Journaling for Mental Health

https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=1&ContentID=4552

Writing to Heal

http://www.apa.org/monitor/jun02/writing.aspx

You Can Write Your Way Out of an Emotional Funk. Here’s How

http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/09/journaling-can-help-you-out-of-a-bad-mood.html

Writing about Emotional Experiences as a Therapeutic Process by James W. Pennebaker

https://web.archive.org/web/20031020193258/http://homepage.psy.utexas.edu/homepage/faculty/pennebaker/reprints/P1997.pdf