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Published on September 7th, 2016 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw

The Joy of Writing

The demise of the pen and paper has been grossly exaggerated. Despite the fact that we live in a world where we are constantly checking our phones and other media devices, we are still comforted by the joy of writing.  Keeping personal journals, adult colouring books and doodling is more popular than ever and studies show that this activity can actually benefit your health and perhaps even boost your IQ.

Why Writing is Good for You

The benefits of daily writing or sketching is nothing new. Many famous figures in history including Sir Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, Vincent Van Gogh and Oscar Wilde were all renowned for keeping diaries, journals and sketchbooks.  If you are new to journal writing or have not yet been caught up in the adult colouring book craze, here are some incentives for you to pick up a pen.

Writing a Journal Can Boost Your IQ

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Journal keeping is just one of the trends that is keeping the pen and paper as relevant as ever

Studies carried out by the University of Victoria in the US show that writing can actually help to improve your IQ. The more we write, the more we are likely to search for new words to express ourselves and extend our vocabulary.

We Are More Likely to Achieve Our Goals

Whether it is a simple “to-do” list to help organise our day, a diet plan or an exercise regime, if we write things down we are more likely to achieve our goals. Bullet journals are the latest trend that promise to help us organise our lives. Despite the fact that we can easily put our appointments and events in our smart phone, writing slows down our minds and helps us to stop and think which tasks actually take priority.

Writing Helps Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence

Mindfulness is all about promoting mental wellbeing. In a fast paced world, we need to take some time to concentrate on the present rather than focussing on past problems and future issues. By keeping a journal and taking time to write and collect our thoughts we can engage in some well needed mindfulness to help take away the stresses of the day. By using a journal, you can also improve your emotional intelligence by expressing your emotions and feelings in words and pictures.

Get More Creative

Whether you write a journal to express your thoughts, record recipe ideas, or keep ideas for your “would-be” great novel, the whole process will help you become more creative.  Even if you are colouring in a picture or pattern in a colouring book, you are still going to get your creative juices flowing. You may even begin to feel more confident about your artistic abilities and go from colouring books to keeping your own doodling or sketching journal.

Pick Up a Pen and Rediscover the Joy of Writing

Paper Mate Inkjoy pens

The Paper Mate Inkjoy selection of pens is perfect for journaling, doodling and colouring in.

Whether you are journal writing or relaxing with a colouring book you will need a great selection of pens to help you get started. The pack of 10 Paper Mate Inkjoy Ballpoint Pens have been designed to give a smooth and comfortable writing experience. They come in a great set of colours: black, red, blue, green, orange, magenta, turquoise, purple, lime and mocha. Buy your pack today from the Paper Mate Inkjoy range at the Post Office Shop and rediscover the joy of writing.

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