Handwriting - Definition | Styles | Benefits Of Writing By Hand vs. Typing

Handwriting - Definition | Styles | Benefits Of Writing By Hand vs. Typing

 

These days the need to write by hand has reduced to a great extent as compared to the past.

Instead, we type a letter on our computer or send an email or text.

But at times we do need writing.

The use of technology in our lives and education system is increasing day by day.

We use it to get all our work done like taking notes, sending emails or messages, etc.

But, because one thing is new and helpful doesn't mean previous methods no longer exist or are less useful.

According to scientific studies writing by hand has brain-friendly benefits that cannot be ignored!

It allows your brain to focus on the written words, understand them, and learn from them.

 

There are plenty of reasons to get back to writing by hand.

 

This post covers:

  • Definition of handwriting
  • Style of handwriting
  • Major benefits of writing by hand that are going to make your brain relax and work smart

 

Definition of Handwriting

Handwriting is your individual style of penmanship. It is done by using a writing instrument such as a pen or pencil, in the hand.

Our handwriting changes as we grow up. Each individual develops his own unique style of writing.

 

Most Common Handwriting Styles

There are two types of handwriting styles:

  • Print
  • Cursive

 

Print Writing

 

print writing

 

Print writing, also known as manuscript or print script make use of the simple block letters.

The letters of a word are not connected.

Generally, children are often first taught to write in block letters, and later they move onto cursive (joined up) writing style.

 

Cursive Writing

 

cursive writing

 

The words are written in a flowing manner, in which all or most of the consecutive letters are connected.

The letters in a word are connected to make the writing process faster.

Formal cursive is generally joined.

But, casual cursive is a combination of print and cursive styles of handwriting.

 

Top 5 Benefits Of Writing By Hand

 

benefits of writing by hand

 

Benefit #1: Relives Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

Writing by hand:

  • calms down your brain
  • enhances the sense of well being
  • reduces stress
  • improves mood
  • improves your concentration and attention
  • keeps your brain away from distractions

Writing a motivational sentence at least 20 times a day in cursive is rhythmic, and has a positive effect on your brain.

This technique calms down the variable thoughts in your mind. It is especially helpful for those with attention deficit disorder.

Writing about life goals shows a considerable increase in personal wellbeing.

Research shows if you maintain a gratitude journal there is an increase in happiness and health. It makes good aspects of your life more prominent.

 

Benefit #2: Increased Learning Capacity

It is a lot easier to type on a laptop.

But, scientific research shows taking notes by hand as the most efficient way to study and remember new information.

Also, if you take notes by hand, you will have a greater understanding of the lesson.

Those children who took notes on the computer were able to type more information but their brain was able to retain less information as compared to those who took notes by hand.

 

Benefit #3: Slows Down Mental Ageing

Writing helps you remember more information. Hence it is a great tool to help you retain your memory as you age.

Activities done by hand like writing, drawing shapes, colouring plays an important role to keep your mind sharp. It also improves hand-eye coordination. It is beneficial for people of all age groups.

 

Benefit #4: Increases Creativity and Deep Thinking

Make writing your regular habit. It will increase your creativity and deepen thinking, as well as keep your brain sharp.

When you write more parts of your brain get involved. Also, each person has a unique handwriting style. This gives you your unique identity like an artist.

Whether you maintain a notebook with you at all times or diary before you go to sleep, jotting down notes can help spark your creativity,

 

You can also note down ideas that help you visualize new possibilities.

  • Begin with a single word in the center,
  • Then plan out the connection with that word
  • Use single word and coloured pens to keep the ideas clear

 

By following this technique, you get a new kind of approach to your ideas.

 

Benefit #5: It Keeps You Organized

Maintaining a paper to-do list is more effective than typing it on mobile or computer.

It is also easier to edit irrespective of the place where you are present.

Also, it is difficult to see an item remain uncrossed on a handwritten to-do list, especially when you cross off other items around it.

So when you pour your feelings onto the paper in the form of writing or a drawing, it improves your mood.

It gives you a sense of well being. When you flush out the burden in your mind in the form of writing, you feel lighter.

 

Thus the benefits of writing by hand go far beyond the classroom. Writing by hand can improve your concentration levels, releases stress, makes you a better performer, improves sleep, help in physical healing, and gives you a sense of well being.

 

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