in a [very] rare moment of relaxation, i came across an article regarding the positive affects of wishful journaling. of course we all know stress is a killer, wreaking havoc on our health, but i was completely unaware that journaling positive thoughts & wishful thinking can actually improve one's health. according to the Journal of Positive Psychology, a simple 15 minute journal entry of your hopes & dreams followed by a 5 minute visualization of actually experiencing those things led to a more optimistic outlook on life than those who simply write about their day.
i'm going to give this a test drive, journaling my hopes & dreams for the next 30 days. while i obviously won't know for sure if this act has improved my health, i will certainly know if it improves my overall attitude.