A journal has a lot of positive benefits. Journaling can be very helpful with your personal growth and development. When you regularly record your thoughts you’ll gain a lot of insight into your moods and your behaviors. Journaling is used to help you solve problems, reduce stress and help you to relax. It has been shown to improve your mental and your physical health. It improves self esteem and according to Dr. John Grohol, a CEO of Psych Central, it is estimated that at least one out of three persons suffer from a mental illness. Journaling can help to lower these mental illnesses and be used in conjunction with medication as well as counseling.