The best journals for creativity and self-reflection

The benefits of journaling are well documented. Writing in a journal can relieve stress, preserve memories, and help with self-reflection. If you’re not into journaling already, there are a lot of great ways to get started depending on your needs. One option, especially when you’re just getting started, is to choose a guided journal with daily or weekly prompts to help get your creative juices flowing or to structure your journaling process. Structure isn’t always what’s needed, though — so a freeform journal may be better for you to unleash that introspective mood.

No matter what type of writing you do, the best journal is the one that you’re excited to write in. We’ve collected some of our favorites to help you get started.

Thick Classic Notebook with Pen Loop

The Lemome A5 Wide Ruled Hardcover journal is a classic, thick notebook with a pen loop, a pocket, page dividers, and a band to keep it closed. It has 150 pages and clocks in at 8.4 by 5.7 inches.

This journal helps you easily read and take notes efficiently. The thicker paper is resistant to bleeding, rough erasing, and shading. The expandable pocket can hold business cards, notes, receipts, and other small papers.

Antique Handmade Leather Bound Daily Notepad

Moonster’s leather-bound journal is handmade and has an antique look. It contains 120 or 240 pages of unlined paper,  is 8 by 6 inches, and is great for sketches, travel journaling, and more.

This journal is made with hand-crafted, recycled cotton that’s acid-free and tree-free.  The genuine water buffalo leather is naturally tanned with oil.

Good Days Start With Gratitude Journal

Good Days Start With Gratitude: A 52-week Guide to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude is a self-exploration journal designed to help you focus on being thankful for what you have — the big things in life, as well as the simple joys. It’s laid out in a pretty weekly spread, with each containing an inspirational quote and space to write three things you are thankful for each day.

There are many journals out there to choose from — but these three are among the best. Take into account the style, material, and structure of the journal before making a final purchase. Remember, the best journal isn’t the one that’s prettiest (necessarily), but the one that fits all of your needs and that you feel excited to write in.

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