Best Journals

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The following are my favorite Journals that I have bought and used. I own and love them all for different reasons.

I have written a post that explains the benefits of journaling and provides you with prompts (for those journals that I recommend that don’t have them):

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Here are my favorite journals:

Best Journals

1. The Secret Gratitude Book, by Rhonda Byrne

This is a very pretty journal, with great quality, and a lovely “aged” cover.

I love that every page has an affirmation relative to the law of attraction, about being grateful and successful.

It is a small book so you might run out of space very fast if you like writing lengthy content. On the other hand, I really like the smaller size because I can carry it in my handbag without taking much space or being too heavy.

Anytime that I remember something important or if I’m waiting anywhere for an appointment I pull the journal to write what I’m grateful for or something else that I might find relevant. 

You might use this journal just as a separate tool to help find things to be grateful for, and do longer journaling somewhere else (for example, with journals #6 and #7).

2. Good Days Start With Gratitude: A 52 Week Guide To Cultivate An Attitude Of Gratitude

This journal contains some prompts and great quotes.

The only thing I dislike is the lack of space to write freely. It provides a line item per thing or item you are grateful for.

It is in my list of best journals because despite the spacing constrains, it has so many nice features: an inspirational quote, space to write three things you are thankful for each day of the week, and a weekly checkpoint.

It is always good to have a daily reminder of all the blessings in our lives. Sometimes it takes daily repetition to makes us realize how fortunate we are.

This journal also provides excellent value for money, under $10 is the cheapest of them all.

3. The Five Minute Journal: A Happier You in 5 Minutes a Day

This journal is excellent for those that don’t have a lot of time but want to see changes in their lives quickly. It is broken up into two sections: a morning routine section and a night routine section.

Each day starts with a quote, 3 things you are grateful for, what would make today great, and daily affirmations to get you going.

Just the affirmations part can give you a huge boost if you remember to do them during the day.

At the end of the page there is an evening section that prompts you to write about 3 amazing things that happen that day, and how could you have made the day even better.

The Five Minute Journal lasts for 6 months of daily journaling.

The main downside for me is that it can get a bit repetitive, and there isn’t a lot of space to write. However, just 5 minutes a day of this journaling can make a profound change in your life so I totally recommend it.

I use this journal in conjunction with some of the other journals I recommend in this post. As a matter of fact, I use them all on and off depending on what I want to write about.

4. Wreck This Journal, by Keri Smith

So why wreck this journal? You are prompted to express your creativity and tear out pages, draw outside lines, use colors you hate…

I must admit I found this journal hard to use at first. I have quite a type A personality, neat and tidy. I love things orderly and in place; how could a tear out a page or make a mess? But just for that same reason it was so good and therapeutic.

This journal will particularly help you if you find the traditional journaling hard, and you want an avenue to express your thoughts and feelings by coloring and wrecking a journal…

This journal is excellent for kids and adults.

5. Simple Elephant Planner 2020 - Gratitude, Life & Goal, Success (Blue (Undated))

This is a neat, simple planner. What I like the best is that it contains three sections:

  1. A few pages where you put your focus, vision board, and goals.
  2. The actual planner that has a week of planning every two pages (for a total of 12 months). These pages are not dated so you can start anytime and date them yourself. At the top of every page there is a small section to put your successes and what can you do better.
  3. A section at the back with around 25-30 blank lined pages to write whatever you want. I really like that because many times there are additional notes I want to write down that don’t belong in the planner itself.
  4. Lots of stickers to mark your priorities and goals

6. Soar Journal (Notebook, Diary)

I love the cover of this journal.

This journal is super simple, it doesn’t contain affirmations or prompts. It is a lined journal, with slightly thick paper.

Although it has no prompts and is the simplest of all the journals, I love it as a self-help journal because one of the things that I enjoy best is to write letters to my guides and angels, followed by an oracle card reading to receive more guidance on the issue I wrote down.

I date the letter so I can refer back to it anytime I want in the future.

This journal has 160 pages where I can just write and write. I use it all the time.

If you don’t care for the cover and you want another simple journal, I own and like the following one too (#7):

7. Hardcover Notebook Journal with Line | Journal to Write In for Men & Women (Black)

The reason I got this when I also had the Soar journal described above is because I liked the built-in pen holder and inner pocket for office meetings. It has thick paper and is sturdy.

This is a great on the go journal. Simple but effective.

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