The Healing Power of Journaling with Diana Raab

Raab is an expert in journaling. She encourages each of us to make it part of our daily lives. She says, “sometimes we feel bad but we don’t really know why. . . [journaling] clears your mind and your mental health status will improve… Very often we are so busy, robotically going about our daily life, we don’t’ reflect whether or not we’re happy… Journaling will help you find your joy… I try to tell everyone to findy our joy, because you are just here for a short period of time. So, whatever brings you pleasure, that is where you should go.” She also shares some very specific suggestions as how to write poetry. This far ranging dialogue includes some readings on how others have faced their addictions. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)

Diana Raab is an advocate of the healing power of writing and teaches nation-wide workshops and in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. She’s an award-winning memoirist and poet, and is the author of many books including Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey (Loving Healing Press 2010), Regina’s Closet, editor of Writers and Their Notebooks (University of South Carolina Press 2010), and co-editor with James Brown of Writers on the Edge: 22 Writers Speak About Addiction and Dependency (Modern History Press 2012). To learn more about the work of Diana Raab go to

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • Why we must pay attention to signs of depression and threats of suicide
  • What can we do to help ourselves or someone else who is suffering from depression and loneliness
  • Why it is so difficult to ask for help from others
  • Why we need to eliminate, if we can, toxic people from our lives
  • Why we need to take time to find what brings us joy
  • What are some hints to writing poetry
  • How people can be just as toxic as substance

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Program Number: 3431  Hosted by: Justine Toms Interview Date: 3/22/2012