Benjamin Franklin made a habit of keeping a journal. He would ask himself every day, what good will I do this day? At the end of the day he would self-reflect by asking himself, what good have I done today?

“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.” – Benjamin Franklin

Journaling helps us be present as well as reflect and learn from our experiences. Through journaling we record our own story. You never know what you may discover about yourself in the process.

Benefits of Journaling

Relieve stress and stop worrying. A study conducted at Michigan State University revealed that expressive writing like journaling can help our mental well-being.  The study proved that expressive writing frees the mind of worry. Therefore, there is more room in the brain to handle tasks.

Our immune systems can benefit from writing in a journal too. Once we are able to relieve stress our immune systems are stronger and we can recover quicker from things too. Journaling positively affects us both mentally and physically.

Journaling Tips

  • Make it a habit. Try to write every day and make it easy: keep a pen and paper handy at all times.
  • Write whatever feels right. There is no right or wrong.
  • Create a special place to write. Light a candle. Get comfortable.
  • Be mindful. When you write in a journal consider it an opportunity to practice positive self-talk and recognize the negative mind chatter.
  • Know that you are doing something good for your mind and body.

A Good Journal to Get Now

My Good Journal is a printable and fillable pdf template that helps you focus on the positive. With all the negativity and chaos that surrounds us My Good Journal offers the opportunity to focus on the good in you and in the world. It helps create a positive mindset and shut out the negative mind chatter. Teachers, guidance counselors, parents, students, and teens can benefit from using this journal.

This journal is inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s approach to journaling. The template asks the same questions he asked himself every day. In addition, it asks what good is in the world. It gives the writer the opportunity to not only look inward but also analyze the world around them.

Importantly, this journal is designed so the owner uses the left and right sides of the brain. The template offers a space to draw or input an images relating to their day. We need both sides of our brain working together to create strong neuropathways. This journal helps you start your day by activating both sides of the brain.



BONUS Material

My Good Journal comes with extra fun pages. You will receive a page full of affirmations to encourage a positive mindset. Next, you’ll get a list of inspiring books and a template to list your own books you want to read. Then, there is a page full of motivational quotes for you to read when you need a boost.

Get My Good Journal on Etsy or Teachers Pay Teachers. It’s printable and fillable. So you can print as many daily pages as you want or you can duplicate the template and fill it in digitally on your favorite device.