Best Journals to Boost Your Mental Health, Productivity, & Happiness

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Journaling is a great tool that can have a number of benefits, from helping to boost your emotional intelligence and reducing stress to helping to promote creativity and helping to manifest your goals. If looking at a blank page seems downright overwhelming or if you're looking to try something new, these guided journals can help to lead the way.


Judgement Detox Journal: A Guided Exploration

Bestselling author Gabrielle Bernstein's Judgement Detox is a guided journal that focuses around the idea that being judged and judging others causes a separation from ourselves. The whole journal is about releasing this separation through exercises in self-acceptance and acceptance including guided meditations, tapping techniques, and exercises using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).


52 Lists for Happiness: Weekly Journaling Inspiration for Positivity, Balance, and Joy

For a twist on journaling, The 52 Lists Project is all about creating lists rather than writing out full journal entries. This particular book is all about writing lists to inspire happiness, with one list prompt for every week to last you through the whole year - and leave you with a beautiful and positive book to look through.


Q & A a Day: 5 Year Journal

Q & A a day is a fun journal for self-discovery.  Each day, there's a simple question to answer - like what can you smell right now, or where would you travel tomorrow if you could go anywhere.  Once you've made it through the year, you start over again, leaving you with a fun way to compare how your answers change over the course of 5 years.


Tiny Buddha's Gratitude Journal

Gratitude is such a powerful practice, and this journal makes it easy to incorporate into your daily life. Each page contains a prompt or question related to gratitude, such as what it is you appreciate when you're feeling down or what activities you enjoy and why. There are even illustrations throughout the book which you can colour in.


Practice You: A Journal

Elena Brower is a meditation teacher, yoga instructor, and artist - and she combines all of these modalities in this journal.  Practice You really focuses on tapping into your intuition, practicing self-reflection, creating goals, and appreciating your achievements and evolution through questions, prompts, and teachings.  We're also in love with the gorgeous watercolour design! 


Wreck This Journal

If you've tried keeping a journal or sketchbook before and found yourself nervous about trying to get everything as perfect as possible, Wreck This Journal might be a great option. The journal actually encourages you to explore your creativity by actually wrecking the journal through activities like poking holes in the pages, colouring outside the lines, and defacing photos.


Good Days Start With Gratitude Journal

Good Days Start with Gratitude is a daily journal that helps you learn to notice and appreciate the simple joys in life.  Every day, you're instructed to write down three things that you are thankful for.  There are also weekly check-ins and inspiration quotes to help bring a little uplift into your life.


Dot Journaling: A Practical Guide

If you haven't been able to find the journal that works for you, this guide can help you create your own journal. Rachel Wilkerson Miller provides a complete guide to dot journaling and covers topics like creating different lists, symbols to make these lists effective, trackers for habits and goals you're trying to achieve, and how to best keep track of your weeks, days, or months. There are plenty of example spreads to help you create your journal as well.


Shine Bright: Productivity Journal

If procrastination is something you're working to overcome, this journal - which was created with productivity in mind - might be a great fit.  Based on the concept of bullet journaling, this notebook comes with stickers and a fill-in table of contents to help you get more organized.


Kindness Everyday: A Journal

This journal is all about - you guessed it - kindness.  With positive quotes, spaces for jotting down thoughts and reflections, as well as suggestions for random acts of kindness and places to record these, this journal is wonderfully uplifting.


The Five-Minute Journal

If journaling is something that seems totally overwhelming, The Five-Minute Journal does a great job at using methods from positive psychology to help boost your mood.  The journal includes weekly challenges, spaces to record affirmations and what you're grateful for, awesome things that happened today, positive quotes, and more.


Two Minute Mornings: A Journal to Win Your Day Every Day

Two Minute Mornings is all about taking a couple of minutes each morning to help set you up for success.  You'll practice things like gratitude, letting go of stress, and setting intentions for your day.



i am here now: A creative mindfulness guide and journal

i am here now is a journal that allows you to practice mindfulness and being in the present moment.  The journal is filled with mindfulness exercises, meditations, colouring pages, and more, all of which are designed to help you become more aware of your senses, thoughts, and emotions.


Be Yourself: A Guided Journal for Introspection and Self-Discovery

This beautiful journal is all about self-introspection.  Prompts like recalling your first memory or thinking about a time you wanted to be like someone else and why are paired with beautiful illustrated quotes.


Year of the Doodle: 365 Drawing, Collaging, and Mark-Making Adventures

For a fun combination between a journal and a sketchbook, Year of the Doodle really helps inspire you to get creative and out of your comfort zone. Daily prompts and various backgrounds will inspire you to doodle, paint, draw, or write.


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