Why Keeping a Daily Journal Could Change Your Life – Uj Ramdas

In this Episode, Uj Ramdas dives in deep on the research of Gratitude done by Martin Seligman and How does gratitude do this? One way is by stimulating two important regions in our brains: the hypothalamus, which regulates stress, and the ventral tegmental area, which plays a significant role in the brain’s reward system that produces feelings of pleasure. 

In the next chapter, Uj dives in to discuss the pivotal work of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi from Finding Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. He continues on to talk about the Benefits of Journaling when it comes to system 1 and system 2 thinking. Thinking brain vs the feeling brain. 

Continuing on Uj goes into how Social Media is affecting our Cognitive Biases and creating a delusional image of ourselves. And how we need to train our minds to handle the explosion of tech. 

Then he dives into How to think in First-principles thinking and why Meditation might be one of the most essential tools to one’s sanity.  

And finally, we go into psychedelic medicine how it is going to help so many people and how we are seeing a new renaissance 

Resources mentioned 

Martin Seligman

Thinking clearly Rolf

Seeking wisdom

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi from Finding Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Jonathan Haidt. Elephant and the rider

Guest:  Uj Ramdas


I’m the Co-Creator of The Five Minute Journal (a popular gratitude journal) and Co-Founder of Intelligent Change.

I’m a lover of books, all things growth-mindset and a good cup of chai. My work has been featured in The New York Times, Lifehacker, Tim Ferriss Show (podcast) and Entrepreneur Magazine.