Rusty walks into the house and catches his father, standing there with his personal journal. “You promised you’d never read our journals. I trusted you,” he says. His father goes on to explain that he was flipping through the pages to check the dates to make sure Rusty and his sister are keeping up with their regular writings.

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When it comes to staying mentally healthy, one of the best techniques has been around for hundreds of years: journaling. Keeping a journal is a great way to reflect on life events, develop new insights, and clear your mind of worry or unhealthy thoughts. Learn how to journal effectively to bring yourself clarity and mental balance.

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This post is written by guest blogger Jane Ellis. Jane loves traveling and sharing with others information about her journeys and adventures. Her work has been published on many different sites, including the Huffington Post and AOL Travel.

Travel Photos for Your Journal

It can be difficult to find the time to write in a daily journal when traveling. Luckily, photos can be imported to your JRNL and trigger those memories when you have the time to focus.

When you’re on an adventure in a new destination, all of your five senses come alive. You’re likely to see, hear, taste, smell and even feel things that are so unique that you’re sure you’ll never forget them. But chances are that the next day of your journey will also be filled with incredible experiences, as will the next. And soon those vivid pictures you’ve captured in your mind will start to fade and run together like a watercolor painting left out in the rain. That is one of the reasons why I journal while traveling.

The First Journal

I received my first journal from a tour operator who I had worked with on creating a customized trip to Botswana and Zimbabwe for me, my son, my daughter, my friend, and her son and daughter. Although I had never used a travel journal before, I dutifully threw the paperback into my bag. And in the end, I was very thankful that I did. Why?

Because as it turned out, between the jet lag, the time difference and all of the unique sights we witnessed while on safari, the days and moments quickly began to blur. From tasting mopane worms to watching a lone lioness trying to attack a hippo — something our guide said he had never seen before — our trip was simply amazing. I would say that it was also completely unforgettable, but after looking through my journal, I realized that there were so many things that had faded from my memory. There was the afternoon, for example, when the girls, who were elementary-school age, played tea party on the safari lodge room’s patio. Then there was the sight of our tween boys laughing half in fear, half in wonder as a young bull elephant chased after our jeep.

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Happiness is chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. At least, that usually works for me. But when it comes to long-term, daily happiness it can take a little more effort to achieve. We’ve identified five regular habits that will help you become your happiest self. Here they are: Keep Reading

As Kermit the Frog said, it’s not easy being green or getting into the habit of writing in a journal. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of journaling tweets that might just give you the boost you need to keep going.

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Let’s face it, we all have a lot going on in our day, so remembering to journal every day may not be at the top of our list. But if you want to make sure you stay on track with your JRNL’ing efforts, it is much easier when you take advantage of our Email Reminders. Users can set up a daily or every-other-day email reminder to help with personal accountability.

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Life moves Fast, write it down.

We know that journaling has many benefits. Depending on your goals, you may choose to write daily or weekly. But warning…the wider the gap between entries, the less likely it is that you’re developing the habit of writing in your journal. You can get the most value out of journal writing when you do it every day. (And for extra motivation, you get closer to having enough content to print your journal book!)

That sounds like a lot of work.

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JRNL is pleased to announce their newest feature: Share Extensions. Share Extensions works in conjunction with the iOS app, and allows users to create quick journal entries, seamlessly. To utilize this feature, users must download the latest version of the iOS app, found in the app store, here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jrnl.com/id1036338627?mt=8

To create an entry through share extensions, you will need to open your camera roll, press select in the upper right hand corner, and choose which photos to include in your entry. Once you’ve selected which photos you want to share to your JRNL, press the share icon.

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Collection of content from third-party sources is important to JRNL. So is the ability to curate that content and determine what is actually meaningful. Our first release of Social Importing is tied to Instagram. It is our first iteration and it will be getting better in the near future. To learn how you can include your Instagram photos/content into your JRNL, watch the video below.

JRNL believes in helping users build momentum in their journaling behaviors by allowing them to use the tools they use every day to capture meaningful content. Our goal is to make it easier for you to collect content in a seamless way. User feedback told us that being able to include photo attachments, and choose which journal your email appeared in would make this feature better. You asked, we listened. Our Email to JRNL feature now allows you to easily add entries to your journal(s), including photo attachments.

Our Email to JRNL feature can be found under Settings. To access Settings, click on the dropdown arrow next to your name in the upper right hand corner of your screen.

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