Journaling (or “writing in your diary at the end of the day” as it was called when I was a little girl!) has always been around, and I dabbled a bit with it during my teens (my goodness, they were an interesting re-read!) but I restarted journaling in October 2016.
Initially, my journaling started out as a way of expressing gratitude, in that I was trying to channel the Law of Attraction and be grateful/thankful for some of the things that had happened each day. If you express and really feel grateful for something that has happened then the Universe will send more positive things your way.
The thinking is that what you focus on, you get. If you focus on a lack of good health (bad health) you’ll attract a lack of good health. If you focus on the lack in a relationship, you’ll attract more lack in your relationship. But if you focus on the good and positive things, no matter how small they are, you will being to shift your mental vibrations sufficiently to start attracting more positive things into your life. I love listening to and reading the teachings of Abraham Hicks. When I first heard the information portrayed in this way it was like a light had been turned on and things just started to make sense. I recommend searching for Abraham Hicks or The Law of Attraction (LOA) on YouTube, but this is one of channels I listen to the most.
One site I can't recommend highly enough is The Happy Journals, Fran Whitaker is an ex-Paralympian and a motivational speaker, once I found her site I stopped looking any further. So many other sites were all "do it this way" or "journaling, you're doing it wrong", but not Fran. Her take on it was just to do it. Start writing a journal. No preconceptions. No rules. Just write. It was soooo liberating! If you are new to journaling, or if you have started but think you are doing it wrong, Fran at The Happy Journals, will set you straight. She's an inspirational woman, who doesn't believe in limits or limiting thoughts, and she's funny too! I would add that while there are no constraints to what you write IN the book, I do recommend getting yourself something that will inspire you to write in it, something pretty, that will make writing your positive thoughts a pleasurable ritual, and that can be left by your bed.
Whenever YOU want to. I journal every evening before I go to sleep, I allow myself to replay the day in my head to find some thing that happened that inspired me and moved me to love it. It can be so banal that it would appear to anyone else reading it that "little things please little minds", but guess what? Who cares?
A little word to the wise here; don't journal after you've done your evening routine of night-cream, hand-cream, etc... your hands transfer the oils onto the page and your trusty ballpoint will likely go on strike, causing a certain degree of consternation (in my case some un-ladylike effing and blinding) and that is NOT the frame of mind you want to be in when writing your journal detailing all the positives and lovely parts of your day!