With access to documenting tools on our mobile phones, laptops, and tablets, it’s hard to believe there was ever a time when renowned authors like J.K. Rowling and F. Scott Fitzgerald penned their work onto paper and napkins.
Sure, a keyboard makes jotting down your ideas so much faster, but we tend to underestimate the unspoken magic of a pen. Handwriting can boost one’s creativity and imagination in a way that a keyboard can’t. If you’re feeling a little stumped, here are a few reasons handwriting can be therapeutic for you.
1. It boosts the neural activity in the brain
Similar to the calming sensations procured from meditation, handwriting can enhance and stimulate brain activity, allowing you to unleash a level of creativity that wouldn’t otherwise be satisfied by technology.
2. It helps you learn
If you’ve ever been told to write instead of type something down to help you remember it better, there’s a reason for it. Sequential hand movements have been proven to activate parts of the brain that cover memory, thinking, language, and healing. Handwriting allows us to think more positively in regards to what we’re writing.
3. It helps us to slow down and think
It goes without saying that you can’t write 10 words as quickly as you can type them. However, the value of slowing down when we use a pen and paper is often undermined, as it helps us to focus on our thoughts and what we’re writing about. Mindful writing is good for the brain and makes us feel more restful and at peace.
How to Get Started
If you haven’t thought about journal-writing before, it’s never too late to do so! If you aren’t confident about your penmanship, don’t worry about it—you can always practice with one of our Set in Soul signature pens until you’re confident enough to enjoy activities such as letter-writing and crafting your own affirmations.
Where handwriting is a powerful tool for creativity and reflection, it’s also a great way to connect with others. Have you ever had a pen pal or simply exchanged notes with a friend in class? If you’re looking for other ways to connect with friends and family, letter-writing can be one of them.
You don’t have to talk about anything specific. You can go on about your day or how a certain book or movie made you feel. You can even write letters to yourself in one of our unique writing journals. Addressing yourself through a letter can be a cathartic way to acknowledge past happenings that you haven’t fully processed or to set goals for the future.
While journaling doesn’t have to be structured in any particular way, you can use it to reflect on certain aspects of your life. If you’re a man or woman of the future, writing can give you a clearer perspective on where you want to go and who you want to be.
Handwriting might not be for everyone, but it’s a great way to sit back and let your thoughts run free. If you’re looking for a place to start, consider purchasing one of our best goal-setting journals and Set in Soul! Remember, there’s always something to write about, no matter how big or small.