National Handwriting Day: Why Handwriting Matters

Happy National Handwriting Day! Thanks to the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association, January 23rd is a day to celebrate handwriting. Since 1977, National Handwriting Day has been a day to celebrate and re-explore the purity of handwriting.

There are many studies that show the benefit of handwriting.

One popular noted benefit of handwriting is seen in taking notes. In the age of laptops and tablets, students often decide to take notes on laptops. Typing allows students to take notes quicker than handwriting, which leads you to believe that you’re getting more information in your notes. However, there are some studies that have shown taking notes word for word prevents students from processing information. Think about it, when you’re writing notes by hand, you have to listen and think about what the most important points are in the lecture. While writing notes word for word, all you think about is what the next word will be so that you can type it. Another study shows that for children who have not yet learned to read, learning to write makes reading a little easier.

Aside from all the learning benefits of handwriting, there are other benefits.

Handwriting can be as unique as your voice. It is something that isn’t easily copied, like text or fonts on a computer. Handwriting notes and letters to others shows that time was taken to consider the words that are on the paper.

To celebrate National Handwriting Day, I have written why I appreciate handwriting.

National Handwriting Day Note

Happy National Handwriting Day!

It makes me really happy to know that there is an entire day dedicated to handwriting. In the age of technology, typing has become the more efficient alternative to handwriting. However, handwritten notes and letters still have something to offer. Written notes offer a more tangible and personal experience than words on a screen or printed ink on paper. Even if your handwriting isn’t great (like mine, for example), writing letters by hand can show the recipient that an effort was made to write the letter.

I will definitely celebrate National Handwriting Day by writing letters to my friends. I hope you will join me!

Best,
Nick

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2 replies
  1. Susan Ping Wong
    Susan Ping Wong says:

    Last year, I retired after 45 years at the wheel, and my friends and colleagues honored me with a lovely celebration event. There was good food, great photos, a great deal of laughter and conversation, and the gathering of many, many wonderful people. My well-known practice of always writing in pencil was sentimentally shared, and there were lots of chuckles. Pencils were given out as favors. I was asked to bring my famous collection of “retired” pencils, collected over the years and holding a place of high respect in my office. I have now joined my cherished pencils in happy retirement, and yes, we do chat it up and tell stories!

    Here below is the note that stood by the display at my retirement.

    “I write mostly in pencil; I love the look and feel of graphite on the page.
    Pencils have been my friends for many years.
    They have been my voice and solace, my courage and memory.
    We dance together – sing. And they help me be who I am.
    What do they know? What have they written?

    I am humbled and delighted to bring them together –
    To spend time, chat and relax. Meet my buddies – they are priceless.”

    Best wishes to all, and what a pleasure to know that there is a National Handwriting Day.
    –SPW
    1/23/2017

    Reply
  2. Susan Ping Wong
    Susan Ping Wong says:

    I posted this last night, but do not see it on the Blog. So just in case, here it is again. — SPW

    Last year, I retired after 45 years at the wheel, and my friends and colleagues honored me with a lovely celebration event. There was good food, great photos, a great deal of laughter and conversation, and the gathering of many, many wonderful people. My well-known practice of always writing in pencil was sentimentally shared, and there were lots of chuckles. Pencils were given out as favors. I was asked to bring my famous collection of “retired” pencils, collected over the years and holding a place of high respect in my office. I have now joined my cherished pencils in happy retirement, and yes, we do chat it up and tell stories!

    Here below is the note that stood by the display at my retirement.

    “I write mostly in pencil; I love the look and feel of graphite on the page.
    Pencils have been my friends for many years.
    They have been my voice and solace, my courage and memory.
    We dance together – sing. And they help me be who I am.
    What do they know? What have they written?

    I am humbled and delighted to bring them together –
    To spend time, chat and relax. Meet my buddies – they are priceless.”

    Best wishes to all, and what a pleasure to know that there is a National Handwriting Day.
    –SPW
    1/23/2017

    Reply

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