Today is National Handwriting Day

National Handwriting Day is today, January 23. Handwriting gives an intimacy to the written word that nothing else can duplicate. It illustrates the writer has taken extra time and energy to communicate their thoughts. Whether in journals, letters or grocery lists, those words by hand give a glimpse into the personality of their creators. 

Studies on the benefits of handwriting have been done by the Collège de France in Paris, University of Washington and Indiana University, among others. Science has shown that children learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand. They remain better able to think creatively and retain information.  Printing, cursive and typing all produce specific brain patterns. When we compose by hand instead of on a keyboard, more ideas are generated. There's also evidence of greater brain activity in areas with associated with working memory, as well as those associated with reading and writing. 

January 23 was chosen for National Handwriting Day to coincide with John Hancock’s birthday. Hancock was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence, and his famous signature is beautiful, complete with flourishes.  National Handwriting Day was first launched in 1977.

What's Lost As Handwriting Fades in New York Times

How Handwriting Trains the Brain in Wall Street Journal

Why Writing by Hand Could Make You Smarter

How Cursive Writing Uniquely Helps Brain Development

How Does Handwriting Affect Brain Development