THE BENEFITS OF WRITNG BY HAND
If you follow me, by gitte, on Instagram you will know I sometimes talk about the importance of writing by hand. Here are some of my reasons why:
Writing involves slowness
In our fast-paced world, writing by hand takes more time; it is that simple. Writing stimulates the different connections between certain areas of your brain. First, the thoughts have to be formed, then those thoughts have to be translated into words, and finally your brain has to signal what motions your hand must make to write those words down. This takes time! So, when you write, you have a moment to yourself and pay closer attention to your thoughts and feelings, which allows you to get in touch with your creativity and feel more focused.
Writing by hand helps to increase your attention span, because you are working longer with the information. This works in a similar way to grocery lists: you don’t have to look at everything you wrote down before you left home. Each note triggers something in your memory that you were thinking of at the time of writing it. Often it is only meaningful to you.
Writing provides reflection
Writing daily lets you reflect on your life and the decisions you make. Every day we do things without thinking about why we do those things. Writing daily makes us think about what effect this has on us.
It makes you happy
Studies have shown that writing about your life goals can make you healthier and that writing can help you process traumatic experiences. Researchers have stated that people who write about their experiences, find it easier to move on from them. Even just writing for a short amount of time can help, such as two minutes a day.
Writing can help reduce the feeling of pressure by setting a slower pace, which in turn helps you find a better balance in life. Taking short breaks, during which you are alone with your thoughts and write down everything that comes to mind, is a simple tool for unplugging and recharging your mental batteries throughout the day.
Finally, the benefits of writing things down the old-fashioned way are real and long-lasting. Paper is a patient medium and the lines we write stay with us for our entire lives. They will make an impact on your daily routine and on your life as a whole. And what’s more fun than reading your old journals? It’s like flipping through your old childhood photographs.
I’ve read several articles about writing by hand, both online and offline, and this is a small summary of the articles that appealed most to me.