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Not just for teenagers — journaling can help relieve stress, foster creativity

Every night before he sleeps, filmmaker and musician Bruce Sheridan writes one page in a lined Moleskin notebook with a black cover.

He uses his journals as an aid to memory and creativity. He can go back into things written years earlier to encounter ideas for songs and other creative work, and finds that his Columbia College students who keep journals do better than those who don't.

"Almost all creativity, if you really dig into it, is novel ways of using what already exists, what you already know," said Sheridan, who researches creativity. "I think the journal has a

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