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Is your personal journal boring you to death?

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personal journalCreative ways to spice up your personal journal and make it a great read for future generations.

There are many benefits that come from keeping a personal journal. According to the experts at Broadview University:

1. Journaling reduces stress by getting “monkey mind” thoughts out of your head. Mind chatter is a powerful stressor, stressor is a powerful health-buster, and journaling the chatter is a proven chatter-buster.

2. Writing about problems gives your right brain food for creative problem-solving. It’s amazing what happens when the creative part of your nature starts working on a problem—you’ll soon find solutions bubbling up from your subconscious.

3. Keeping a daily diary is one of the best techniques for discovering patterns, particularly those that are self-defeating. For example, a diary kept over the course of several months will clearly show any reoccurring difficulties like overeating, stress eating, poor (but similar) choices in relationships.

4. Want to better know yourself? Journal. Writing can help clarify your thoughts, your emotions, and your reactions to certain people or situations. In addition, as you read back through past journals, you’ll have ample evidence of the things that make you happy and those that are distressful.

5. Journaling can help clarify events, problems, or options. When you’re beset with a mind full of fuzzy, disconnected thoughts flitting here and there, writing about the event or issue will help bring focus and clarity. It will also help you decide on which action to take, or option to choose.

In addition to all the personal benefits of journal writing, keeping a journal or written record is also a way to link our present to the future. Your ancestors’ writings have helped you to know them on a more personal level. Make sure that what you leave as your own legacy for future generations helps them to know the real you.

For great ideas on how to make your journal more insightful and interesting, visit http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865593095/Genealogy-Record-your-day-in-creative-new-ways.html?pg=all

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Puritan names: What were those parents thinking?

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Unusual, inspiring and sometimes downright weird, Puritan names are a proud legacy.

Old shabby book in leather coverThe Puritans were English Protestants who believed that the reforms of the Church of England did not go far enough. In 1630, the Puritans set sail for America, 10 years after the Pilgrims. Unlike the Pilgrims, the Puritans did not break with the Church of England, but instead tried to reform it in a new land. They believe if they were successful, they would be blessed; if they failed, they would be punished.

When the Puritans arrived in New England they established the Massachusetts Bay Colony in a town they named Boston. Life was very difficult but they were free to worship as they chose. The Bible was central to their worship. Their church services were simple. The organ and all musical instruments were forbidden. Puritans sang psalms a cappella.

Puritans lived by a very strict code and the names they gave their children reflected this. The concept was to give children a godly and holy name that would never be tarnished by an unbeliever using the same name. They obviously went to great lengths to assure this! Their unusual name choices also helped Puritan recognize other members of their faith.

Puritan names were inspiring, interesting, unusual and sometimes just got downright strange. Names like Humiliation, Helpless, Abstinence, Praise God, Ashes and Fear Not were just the tip of the ice berg

For more information about unusual Puritan names , visit http://historyofnothing.wordpress.com/2013/09/05/puritans-and-their-weird-names/

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