Watch “Ringo Writes A Song” on YouTube

The Surprising Benefits of Journaling One Sentence Every Day

“From 1986 to 2011, Oprah Winfrey hosted The Oprah Winfrey Show. It was the highest rated talk show of all-time and familiar to nearly anyone who owned a television set in North America at that time.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the “Queen of All Media” built a brand that stretched far beyond the television screen. She went on to become a billionaire, a well-regarded philanthropist, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. And as she was busy working toward these otherworldly accomplishments, Oprah relied on a simple habit: journaling.

Journaling is simply the act of thinking about your life and writing it down. That’s it. Nothing more is needed. But despite its simplicity, the daily journal has played a key role in the careers of many prolific people.

As you might expect, journaling is a favorite habit of many writers. From Mark Twain to Virginia Woolf, Francis Bacon to Joan Didion, John Cheever to Vladimir Nabokov. A journal was rarely far from any of these artists. Susan Sontag once claimed that her journal was where she “created herself.” 

Journaling has been utilized by scores of brilliant thinkers and inventors. Charles Darwin. Marie Curie. Leonardo da Vinci. Thomas Edison. Albert Einstein. Similarly, leaders and politicians throughout history have kept journals in one form or another. People like Thomas Jefferson, Winston Churchill, and Marcus Aurelius. In the sporting world, athletes like Katie Ledecky, winner of multiple gold medals, and Eliud Kipchoge, the world record holder in the marathon, rely on journals to reflect on their daily workouts and improve their training.

Why have so many of history’s greatest thinkers spent time journaling? What are the benefits?”

Read on: The Surprising Benefits of Journaling One Sentence Every Day | James Clear

Watch “The Twilight Zone: “Spur of the Moment” clip” on YouTube

It’s hard to know today how cutting edge the Twilight Zone was in the early sixties. Medium aside, some of the stories that intrigue me most are about time travel. In this case, what would the older me say to the younger me? What parts of your life would you want to undo no knowing how they would affect the others? It’s easy to say “I wish I never met my ex-wife” but in my case, what about the 6 great men who came out of the relationship? My answer is to let it go and let Goodness sort out the details…

You can watch the entire episode on Amazon Prime: Spur of the Moment

Watch “The Truth About What Happened To Aziz Ansari” on YouTube

The Cowboy Philosopher: A Tale Of Obsession, Scams, And Family

In 2009, an old man died in a California nursing home. His obituary included not just his given name, but a long list of the pseudonyms he’d been known to use. In this episode, we trace the life of Riley Shepard, a hillbilly musician, writer, small-time con man and, perhaps, a genius. Go to the source and hear the story: The Cowboy Philosopher: A Tale Of Obsession, Scams, And Family

Foggy Mountain Breakdown; Earl Scruggs

We Get to Define Our Experiences and Decide What We Take from Them

If life’s seemed hard or unfair, ask yourself: Is there another way I can define this experience? A way that can serve me better in the future? Source: We Get to Define Our Experiences and Decide What We Take from Them – Tiny Buddha

25 Hardest Riddles That’ll Make Your Head Hurt

The only thing I have to do in life is die. Everything else is a choice… including breathing.

Source: G-Dragon Quote

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