Can’t decide what to write in your diary?
We’ve all been told that it’s good to keep a daily diary. But keeping a diary is hard if you don’t have the motivation or purpose for writing every day.
In this post, you’ll not only discover writing in a diary with purpose but through this daily habit, you’ll be happier and more satisfied in life.
What to write?
Possibly one of the best things to write in your diary is all that you are thankful for. This is referred to as gratitude journaling.
Most of us are aware of the benefits of writing about things you’re grateful for every day. It allows you to appreciate all the things in your life. When practised daily it can reduce anxiety, depression, stress and negative thoughts.
There are many studies that support the fact that daily reflective gratitude can rewire the brain to make us happier.
It improves relationships, mental health, and life satisfaction. While it’s understandable that being thankful each day makes us more satisfied in life, we wonder could there be a deeper reason WHY this has such a profound effect on us?
The science behind positive words
According to one professor and researcher, there absolutely is and it involves nature’s greatest source- water.
For many, the act of daily gratitude through our spoken or written words had a profound effect on our happiness. But what if there was an experiment that could highlight the physical change of gratitude to our bodies?
Dr Masaru Emoto, a Japanese researcher and lecturer has a lifetime of work to prove this is the case in his book, The Miracle of Water.
Dr Emoto is internationally renowned for experimenting with the natural vibrations of words that are transported through the water to create extraordinary water crystal patterns.
Ok, his work does require an open mind. But for a moment let yourself indulge in his work to get a deeper understanding of the role of positive language.
The basis of his research involves exposing water to written and spoken words, freezing them and then comparing the various crystals that appear. The results are quite mind-blowing.
For all positive words such as ‘Thank you’ and ‘I love you’ the crystals form the most beautiful, clear and pure crystals. And strikingly, words with negativity such as ‘You idiot’ and ‘It’s no good!’ have deformed and distorted results after freezing.
Take a look at the examples here:
He highlights that as our bodies are made up of 70% water, we need to be careful with our word choices, as the vibrations of our words will influence the water coursing through our bodies.
Lots of people have mimicked this experiment by using jars of rice, as rice holds a large percentage of water. Over the following weeks, people choose to write and voice words of love, hate and even ignoring the rice and the results have resembled the research carried out by Dr Emoto. The rice with love is still looking fresh and pure, the hate rice and ignore rice becomes mouldy and fousty.
Watch this short clip of a similar test here:
Could this be why talking to our plants helps them grow? Even Charles Darwin himself suspected a link between the vibration of talking and plant growth.
The power of positivity
You’ll hear many people rejoicing about the power of prayer.
Whether you believe your prayers are being answered by an almighty divine power or even if you’re influencing the energy of the water in your body, there does seem to be a powerful result to the self. This highlights the power of being thankful and positive on a daily basis.
Positive thinking and the placebo effect
The placebo effect is most often used in drug trials. One group is given the tested drug, another group receives a fake ‘placebo’ drug without knowing. It was used as a way to test if the real drugs were effective or not. But as time has passed, experts are now looking at the placebo as a non-pharmacological mechanism for treatment, rather than testing the efficiency of another drug.
It’s becoming more recognised that the positive thinking behind the placebo effect has more to it than originally thought. It’s suggested that a placebo effect is highly influenced by personality type, as highlighted in this study, “placebo effects have been found to be related to optimism, suggestibility, empathy, and neuroticism”.
Using positive words when caring for others
Studies have shown that using positive language while caring for someone with dementia can have a positive impact on their overall quality of life.
With positive language helping yourself and others, it makes sense to make it a habit and introduce it into your own life.
So what does this have to do with writing in a diary?
Writing positively in a daily diary
Going back to the work of Dr Emoto, he recommends that a great way to introduce a daily gratification to improve your energy is to either practice daily prayer or to write in a gratitude journal. Both of these acts create the ‘positive vibrations’ used in the water experiments.
The best way to express love and gratitude is by starting with yourself.
Beginning with self-love will enable you to have the energy and positive vibes to love others.
Often recommended in relationship counselling is for spouses to begin with themselves.
A popular exercise for people looking to improve their confidence is to write positive notes for themselves and to put them in a place they’ll see each day, like on the bathroom mirror.
But an easy way for you to introduce the habit of practising positive language is to begin a gratitude journal.
What to write in your diary?
Each evening, set yourself three things to be grateful for that day.
Begin with yourself, then as you progress and make a habit of your daily gratification, you can extend the gratitude outwardly and be thankful for people and things in your life.
Using a diary app for daily writing
Dr Emoto also describes in his book the effects of the TV and smartphone electromagnetic waves on the body.
He highlights that the vibration of the human nervous system is on the same level as the vibration of electronic communication systems. Thus the words carried on electronic waves through calling, emailing, or texting has the power to go right to the core of the receiver, leaving a lasting effect.
He has examples where he plays the TV to water and studies the effects of the crystals after. As you can probably guess, the electromagnetic waves of the TV created an ugly, blurred crystal. But interestingly, when spoken words of positivity at the same time as being subject to the TV’s electromagnetic currents the water was able to crystallize into a beautiful pattern, suggesting that the positive power of words can influence the harsh vibrations from the TV.
While we’ve just highlighted the negatives of using electronic devices, it’s important to note that using positive words when tuning in to the same frequency of vibrations can resonate with your core much more strongly.
If the words produce stronger impacts when delivered through the electromagnetic waves of devices, then how about using words of gratitude and positivity on your smartphone or computer to gain a more profound positive effect on yourself. Using a daily diary app on your phone or computer can be a huge benefit if riding these electromagnetic waves are anything to go by. Here’s a list of diary apps to help you choose.
Maybe the positive water vibrations study resonated with you, or maybe you need to see more concrete proof to be swayed. Either way, have an open mind when it comes to speaking and writing positively. Words are powerful, whether that’s because of the vibrations they release or due to how our feelings are influenced by them. Either way, you are creating concrete and beneficial habits when you write positive words in your diary each day.
We can be our own worst critics and enemies. Be kinder to yourself, show yourself love and gratitude for your own self-growth and path to happiness.
If you’ve practised gratitude journaling and seen the positive effects in your life we’d love to hear about it! Share your story.