We are great fans of handwriting. Not only it is one of the most pleasurable activities we can think of – and that’s why we celebrated World Handwriting Day with a global call-to-create through pen and paper for the 3rd year in a row – but science has proven that writing by hand can benefit our brain in a lot of ways.
1. It boosts memory
Taking notes by hand helps you remember them better, and longer. Psychologists and scholars have demonstrated how handwriting stimulates memory in a unique way, leaving a deeper mark and helping retain ideas in the long haul.
2. It improves cognitive skills
Young children can benefit greatly from handwriting. Forming letters at a young age will aid fine motor-skill development as well as creativity. Studies have shown how children wrote more words, faster, and expressed more ideas when writing essays by hand versus with a keyboard.
3. It activates a bigger portion of the brain
The linked regions of the brain for reading are activated while writing by hand, and the movements involved in the act of handwriting activate the motor areas of the brain, which would not be involved while typing.
4. It can make you more creative
Writing ideas by hand takes more time than typing, allowing more time to develop ideas and bolster creative output.
5. It slows down the aging of the mind
Handwriting has been proven to be a great way to train the aging mind and preserve it from the wear and tear of the years.
6. It has a calming effect
Dr. Marc Seifer, a graphologist and handwriting expert explained how writing a calming sentence is a form of graphotherapy. “Jotting down a sentence like, “I will be more peaceful” at least 20 times per day can actually have an impact, especially on those with attention deficit disorder.”
We’re sure there are plenty more ways handwriting can benefit the mind. Have anything to add to the list? Feel free to give us your take in the comments section.