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May 15, 2017

4 Reasons Why Writing (Not Typing) Isn’t as Crazy as It Sounds

These days, everyone is glued to something. Glued to their computer. Glued to their smartphone. Glued to their tablet. Have a thought? Go into your Notes app. Taking notes in a meeting or for a class? Pull up a Word document. Want to tell your loved one how you feel? Send a text.

These methods of communication are all ones that we are very familiar and comfortable with. In fact, there’s nothing wrong with them. But consider this—what if you wrote by hand instead? Hear us out. There’s a lot to be said for hand writing, and there are 4 reasons why it’s actually very beneficial.  

  • Writing is therapeutic.

Writing can easily be therapeutic because it allows for a release of emotions. Be it stream of conscious writing, an answer to a journal prompt, or a creative story, taking the time to sit down and write has been proven to ease whatever stress, pain, or intense feelings you may be experiencing. It’s like getting something off your chest and onto the paper.

  • Writing enhances critical thinking.

Writing allows for you to explore notions that you haven’t discovered before. Reflecting on whatever it is you’ve chosen to write about, and arguing that point, needs a clear analysis and expression of what you want to say, hence thinking critically. This may sound a lot more complicated than it is, but more than likely this process will be taking place without you even knowing it!

  • Writing connects you with others.

Along the same lines of being able to communicate effectively comes connecting with others. Without realizing it, you write all the time to communicate. Texts, emails, posts, and more are sent and published on a regular basis, up to 100 a day for some people. What about writing by hand? Writing by hand goes a bit deeper. It’s not surface level. By that we mean that writing by hand takes more time and thought.

If you decide to share your writing with someone or a group of people, a deeper connection is made. Reading something that is handwritten is much more personal. If you are sharing a story, you’ll get better feedback. If you wrote a love letter, it will be cherished much more than if it were an email.

  • Writing enhances communication skills.

Whatever form of writing you decide to do, it will only better you in the long run. Planning what you want to write out first will give you an advantage to make yourself clearer. Going back and editing, or even just rereading what you’ve written will give you lots of insights for improvement.

Learning how to organize your thoughts through writing carries over to other forms of communication, such as speaking and active listening. So what are you waiting for? Pick up that pen and start scribbling!


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