The benefits of handwriting—and what your favorite pen says about you

Perks of swapping a laptop for pen and paper include thinking more creatively and remembering information more clearly. When did you last write by hand?

I spend most of my workdays—and, let’s be honest, my personal time—tapping away on a computer keyboard.

You probably do the same.

Most communicators can do their jobs almost entirely online, we keep up with friends through social media, and texts with emojis have become the new love letters.

Handwriting is quickly becoming a lost art, but according to an infographic from National Pen, writing by hand provides benefits beyond simply transferring words and ideas onto paper.

For example, writing by hand can help you:

  • Think more creatively
  • Improve your memory
  • Draw connections between ideas to develop unconventional solutions

How often do you write by hand? For those of you who often opt for pen and paper, the infographic also reveals what your pen of choice says about you:

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