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How Journal Writing Can Change Your Life and Find Your Inner Child

I am very excited to host Mari L. McCarthy on her blog tour for her new book, Journaling Power: How To Create the Happy, Healthy, Life You Want to Live . I am lucky enough to have edited this book and read it twice, and I’m telling you the story that Mari tells of how journaling changed her health–physically and emotionally–is amazing. I have used some of Mari’s books before and taken part in her journaling challenges. They are always well-written and useful, but I actually think Journaling Power is her best yet. Please check it out on Amazon after you read this guest post she wrote . Best news of all, I am hosting a giveaway for Journaling Power. All you have to do is leave a comment below to be entered to win. You can say something as easy as: Please enter me, or you can tell us about your journal experiences.  I will randomly pick a winner on Halloween night (Oct. 31) at 11:59 pm. 

Discovering and Recovering Your Inner Child

by Mari L. McCarthy

Expressive writing, particularly when it involves a daily, pen-to-paper discipline, has powerful healing effects–and it’s official! A growing body of research confirms its holistic healing power.

Expressive writing is an effective self-therapy. It helps our brains process emotional issues, boosts the immune system, and helps to neutralize the potentially lethal effects of stress.

Pioneering research by Pennebaker and Beall in 1986 revealed that writing about traumatic events has a positive knock-on effect for many months, reducing the need to visit the doctor by more than 40%.

Later studies indicate that writing therapy helps a variety of long-term health problems, including asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, liver disease, lupus, chronic pelvic pain, and irritable bowel syndrome. It helps some cancer patients to improve their quality of life significantly.

So it’s time that this completely free-of-charge, non-invasive therapy had a higher public profile.

journaling-power-cover-w-badgePeople need to know that it changes their lives, just as it changed mine.

I was badly disabled until I started journaling. Multiple Sclerosis had stolen my life, and I’d been forced to close my successful management consulting business. But my daily writing practice had a regenerative effect on my body, mind, and spirit.

I regained much of the function I’d lost on my right side and was able to launch a new (creative journal writing) business.

So if I’m evangelical about journaling therapy, it’s because I know from personal experience that it really works.

And I’m in good company when I promote expressive writing. Top science journalist Donna Jackson Nakazawa also recommends it as a tool for healing. Nakazawa has spent years researching the lifelong consequences – both emotional and physical-of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

She has examined the long-term effects of early stressors, such as being emotionally and/or physically abused or neglected, losing a parent, living in a dysfunctional or very poor family, witnessing parents going through a divorce, or living with a severely depressed parent. She argues that ACEs shape our biology and seriously affect our physical and emotional resilience as adults.

Nakazawa’s solution is to “re-boot” the brain and create new, healthy neural pathways, using a mindfulness-based stress reduction program. This involves disciplines like meditation and yoga, along with dietary and other lifestyle improvements––and very importantly, therapeutic writing.

If you feel that you had a hard time as a child or young person (I don’t think there is anyone who hasn’t), grab your Journal and your Inner Child and start exploring. You both will love this new adventure and the happy ending you come up with. #WriteON!

Journaling Power Prompt:

What does your Inner Child really, really, really want to do on your next play-date?

 

About the Book:

Journaling Power teaches you how to put the ultimate self-healing tool right at your fingertips–journaling. Through Mari L. McCarthy’s moving personal story, you’ll discover how pen-to-paper journaling leads to self-growth and life-changing transformation. You’ll also learn that numerous medical studies prove journaling literally unleashes a healing agent that empowers your life in ways you’ve never imagined.

About the Author:

Mari L. McCarthy is The Journaling Power Guide and founder of CreateWriteNow.com. Her blog (http://www.createwritenow.com/journal-writing-blog) provides journaling for personal transformation and healthy living ideas, information and inspiration for keeping a daily pen-to-page Journaling for the Health of It™ Practice. You can also download the FREE e-book, How to use Your Journal to Cure Writer’s Block Now (http://www.createwritenow.com/download-free-writers-block-tips). More life-changing e-books (http://www.createwritenow.com/journaling-ebooks) can be found in Mari’s Personal Transformation Journaling Library and in CreateWriteNow’s store (http://store.createwritenow.com/).

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ndtMtUfs5s

 

 

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30 Comments

  1. Hi Margo, Thanks for hosting me. I love your new site! #WriteON!

  2. This book sounds great! I’d like to become a better writer and learn to better manage my stresses. This sounds like a great place to start! Please enter me in the contest .

  3. I agree that journaling can be therapeutic. It’s a great way to help process what’s going on in your life. Congrats to Mari on her book release!

  4. Journarling as therapy, what a great concept. I am a creative person; I am an artist, organic gardener, chef, nature photographer, herbalist, outdoor enthusiast, and amateur writer, but never keep a journal.

    I started to-one time, but wasn’t disciplined enough. However, when you call it therapy, it just makes sense to take time for journaling. I garden as therapy; I write for pleasure. Both are interchangeable: I could write for therapy while sittng in my beautiful gardens. 🙂

    I believe that book would help me get on the path that I need to expand my reflective healing process: mind, body and soul.

    • Bobbi:
      Thank you for stopping by. This is a great book. And you are right–it will help you focus on your mind, body, and soul. 🙂

  5. I’m an avid journal writer. Inspired years ago by Cameron’s morning pages, I continue the habit. I even have fun buying cheap notebooks and decorating them and adding quotes. I’ll look forward to seeing how this book can further encourage my morning habit!

  6. I’ve used journaling to uncover some very interesting things. Yet I don’t keep up with it as much as I should! Like Bobbi said, maybe if I thought of it as therapy I’ll stick with it more regularly.

  7. If Margo was involved, the editing was deft.

  8. This sounds like a great book! I have always journaled and find myself uneasy when I go too long without.
    – Amanda Sincavage

  9. I love books about journaling. I’ve done it off and on for years and love reading how other people journal.

  10. Margo and Mari–

    I am not much of a journal-writer, but my most recent manuscript began as a novel and ended up having some journal qualities and some healing results.

    Please enter me in the contest.

  11. Please tell Mari hello for me! I hope I win as I have been wanting to get this book but finances are restricted now…I have enjoyed her 21 or is it 28 Day Challenge 2 years ago…Mari and I have talked personally on the phone in the past and still keep in touch…I know if I win this book it will benefit me in so many ways…so praying I will win!😃

  12. I would love to win your book!

  13. Glad to see journaling getting the respect it deserves. I know what I’m getting my 13 year old daughter for Christmas: a journal!

  14. I’m starting to reconnect with my journaling habit after being diagnosed with chronic migraines while having back-to-back babies in 2 years. Your story is so inspiring and got me excited to turn journaling back into a daily habit. I have always believed in the healing and transformative powers of writing. Since I started up again I’ve definitely noticed a difference in migraine severity on days I do and don’t write. I’d definitely like to add this book to my library and am going to check out the free ebook now.

  15. Hello, so happy that I found your page!! Journaling s life!! 💯

  16. I really would like your book…

  17. I’ve tried to keep a journal many times, but have never been successful. I’d love to win this book to help me heal. Please enter me. Thanks!

  18. Catrina Bradley is the winner thanks to Random.org! 🙂

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