The Fading Art of Handwriting

My recollection of learning how to write by hand is vague. I'm not sure if we had workbooks or gestetnered sheets we followed but suspect that the teacher simply modeled each letter on the chalkboard and we repeatedly copied them in our notebook until we got them right. 

I was shocked although not really surprised to learn that cursive writing has all but disappeared from the curriculum. Keyboarding is the thing now which causes one to wonder how people sign their names? Perhaps our fingerprint or a retinal scan are replacing signatures in the digital world. 

There is something satisfying about writing on a good quality paper with a nice pen. The speed of handwriting paces nicely with a slower, more deliberate thought process that helps bring thoughts and ideas in to a clearer focus. 

I looked a little more deeply into the handwriting to brain connection and was not surprised to find that there is evidence that writing stimulates brain activity significantly more than the act of keyboarding. Hand writing may even help our brain learn better overall, not just how to express ourselves by making squiggly lines on a piece of paper. 

Handwritten notes of congratulations or condolence are much more meaningful than a text, email or Facebook like. When was the last time you wrote something of any length by hand?

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