One Line a Day

 Journaling is an excellent way for children and grown-ups to record events, work through their emotions and experiences, and unlock their creativity. A growing body of research suggests that regular expressive writing can improve one’s mood and sense of well-being, alleviate anxiety, lower blood pressure, and better sporting and academic performance.
So, journaling is helpful. But for many of us it’s not easy to make it a daily habit. What is the
simplest way to get the benefits of journaling without it feeling like a chore?
Why not start by writing just one sentence per day? This will make it easy and fun. And, if you feel good each time you finish journaling, you’ll keep coming back for more. 
Journaling with your children may give you both an opportunity to share thoughts and feelings that may be left unexpressed otherwise; it’s a great way to know more about each other, and to bring you closer together.

What you need

  • Notebook (again, choose a notebook which will be a a pleasure to use!)
  • Pen (choose one you really enjoy writing with)

How to do

Don’t be intimidated by an empty page.  Just leap in!  Record something you saw, did or felt that day. You don’t even have to worry about using complete sentences. Simple phrases are fine. Journaling can be as simple as you want to make itHow you journal is completely up to you but, in case you need a little inspiration, here are some prompts:

  • Good things that have happened
  • Things you are grateful for
  • Things you learnt
  • Things you did for others
  • Nice things someone did or said to you
  • Something cute your kids said


  • Don’t feel you need to record everything that happened that day. Just write a few phrases capturing key moments or feelings.
  • Don’t worry if you miss a day, just catch up the next day.
  • Make your journal a morning or evening routine. For instance, you could keep the notebook next to your bed. It generally takes 21 days to make a habit and 90 days to make a habit stick. So, try to journal consistently for at least 21 days. We’re confident you’ll find that keeping track of things daily will help your self-esteem and happiness.

What would you write about each day in a single line? If you are already journaling, what do you enjoy writing about?


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