Cursive writing is being brought back into the school curriculum for several reasons in response to a number of studies completed recently. The following reasons are most often cited:
- Handwriting engages the brain in ways that typing cannot. Brain activity is increased with handwriting. There is further evidence that if you are a baby boomer (or ahem, older) it keeps your brain sharp.
- Hand eye coordination improves with handwriting due to its tactile nature.
- Studies done with elementary age children show they put more words on the page when they write rather than type. The flow in moving from one letter to the next while writing helps get thoughts and ideas on to paper faster.
- Learning and memory retention are increased through handwriting. Do you think you remember things better when you write them down? There’s now scientific proof that you’re right.
I guess those letters I sent between my great-grandmother and myself when I was a kid did more than just exchange news between us. More studies that sing the praises of handwriting that will emerge in the next couple of years. One thing is certain: handwriting is here to stay.
If you don’t know what to write about there are tons of places to get inspiration. Check out our Facebook page for some good links and remember, your journal is for you, it doesn’t have to be pretty or win a Pulitzer Prize. Make sure you find a pen you really like and choose a journal that you’ll want to come back to often. Our etsy store always has journals or we can customize one just for you. Links are on our home page. By the way… I hand wrote the notes for this posting in my journal. Happy writing!