How you can use a journal to feel happier - Journalling for the non ‘Dear Diary’ type - Fran Excell Mindset and Productivity Mentor

How you can use a journal to feel happier – Journalling for the non ‘Dear Diary’ type

 In Brain Science, Gratitude, Happiness, Mindset

Ok so I know people have been banging on about journaling for a while but bear with me here!

Not The Type

I have never been the ‘type’ to write feelings down in a diary so I did what you probably just did…you know…that little eye roll…yes I know!

UNTIL I got to breaking point in my life, knew something had to change and was willing to try anything, so I decided to stop ignoring the fact that EVERYONE said it worked…and i’ve never looked back.

It literally changed my life. 5 minutes per night was enough to shift my mindset for the better.

So I want YOU to stop ignoring it and i’m going to try and show you how and why it works and talk you through the potential ‘side effects’ so you can get started and start living a happier and more fulfilled life…honestly it really does that and you deserve that!

Backed by Science

There are a HUGE amount of scientific studies on the benefits of journaling (which I won’t go into now in the interests of time…your friend Google or Siri can help you out there) and it’s emotional benefits and the benefits on your mental health in general. So much so that doctors, therapists, counselors and coaches routinely recommend it for patients.

But it doesn’t need to be something that takes you hours every day and is just another thing to add to your never ending to do list…no, no my friend!

Do the bare minimum

There are countless ways to do ‘the bare minimum’ and still get HUGE benefits from it, start small and see how you go.

Some of my favourites, before I started designing my own printables based on what was working for me, positive psychology, a little neuroplasticity and gratitude, were the 5 minute journal, the Happiness Planner, Kikki K’s sentence a day or gratitude journal.

I encourage you to find your own ‘style’ and what works for you.

There are many different ways to journal and you need to find one that works for you because guess what…if it feels like a chore…you won’t do it!

Do what works for you that you will actually stick to!

Some of the lovely benefits of journaling include:

  • Feeling more gratitude – The opposite of anxiety and you can’t feel both at the same time…BONUS!
  • More Happiness.
  • You will be more Mindful throughout your day.
  • You will feel you have more focus and purpose.
  • Better relationships with other people.
  • A more positive outlook.
  • Be more accountable to yourself.
  • You’ll start the day off or finish the day off with a MUCH better mindset.
  • You will consciously start to look for positive things to include throughout your day and stop focusing on the negative.
  • You will have more memories and won’t let life slip you by.
  • You’ll actually write down your goals and ideas and be more likely to achieve them.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Be kinder.
  • Generally be a better version of yourself!

Is that enough to convince you?

Give it a go for a week, what have you got to lose?

To make it EVEN easier you can download my FREE printable ‘5 minutes to happy’ daily journal below to get started.

It’s what I use daily and uses a combination of my tried and tested methods, based in positive psychology and personal development.

Trust me when I say this WORKS, but you get out what you put in.

Here’s to the new you! 😉


Fran Excell, Mindset & Productivity Coach – Helping Business Owners Overcome Self Sabotage & Get More Done In Less Time at


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