Almost every day we write something, whether we’re adding some more thoughts to the diary, we’re writing our grocery list, a story or another chapter in a novel that we’ve been working on for some time. But how often have you considered the benefits of hand wiring?
Believe it not, handwriting positively influences the function of your brain, helping you remember things and facts more accurately and influences a meditative state in mind among others. Did you ever wonder how you feel before writing for a couple of hours? Is your inspiration enhanced as opposed to when you started writing? Are you relaxed and energized? If you’ve noticed this, then you already know about some of the benefits of handwriting.
Your memory is improved
Did you ever note down a phone number or a list only to discover later that you memorized it? When you take notes, you are triggering the reticular activating system. This is represented by some cells found in the temporal lobe that intensify your brain’s focusing capacity when you write.
You become smarter
Writing can improve clarity in a way that verbal communication cannot. Why? Because when you have to write about a certain topic, you must have a firmer grasp on that topic than if you had to talk about it. You have first to think of something, have your thoughts organized and then write them down. Writing also enhances your vocabulary, because when you write, you become aware of phrases and words that you sue over and over again, which can become quite annoying. This propels you to increase your vocabulary.
Your neural activity is increased
Writing increases the neural activity in several sections of the brain. A recent study from the Indiana University showed that handwriting unleashes creativity that cannot be accessed in any other way.
Helps you learn easier
Writing keeps your gray matter sharp helping you learn and also influences you to think more positively. Studies showed that the sequential hand movements during the handwriting process activate large sections of the brain that are responsible for healing, language, thinking and memory.
Writing boosts cognitive skills
Writing by hand improves cognitive skills, especially in children. They benefit more when they learn how to write letters by hand instead of using technology.
Your thoughts become more complex
Many psychologists believe that writing information by hand has amazing effects on memory, for both kids and adults.
Writing also helps you get rid of the annoying ‘it sounded better in my head’. You must certainly have been in the situation when you simply could not express your thoughts. Well, writing helps you with this problem. When you write, you are able to communicate complex ideas easily and more effectively.
Studies also showed that when you reflect on the good things in your life every week by writing them down, you become more confident and motivated regarding your current situation and your future. The secret is to write about this once a week and not every day, as it might become plain boring when done too often.
Always remember that it is the handwriting that has all these amazing benefits upon your brain. While writing, your brain is engaged in three ways. First, you have the motor skills that will help you take the pen to start writing. Then, your brain is actively involved in recalling the shapes and lines necessary in creating the letters. Finally, you manage to see every word and letter when you build them in your brain. So leave technology aside for one moment and remember the good old times when you actually used a pen to write.