Celebrate National Handwriting Day

Okay, maybe you're thinking "do we need a day for EVERYTHING?" but honestly, this is a day we should celebrate! This 40 year old holiday is also the birthday of John Hancock, the father of that beautiful, perfect signature that we all know and love. With cursive being eliminated from most elementary school education , people see the skill as a dying art. 

However, there's evidence that supports handwriting -- and cursive -- helps dyslexic students with processing, will help students perform better on their SATs when hand writing essays (a reason to hand-write drafts), and that students with neater handwriting perform better than their peers in reading and math (Washington Post).  Research by Susan Cahill revealed that students that worked on their handwriting skills improved their composition and literary skills

 Source:  https://www.instagram.com/the_writing_room/ 

Source:  https://www.instagram.com/the_writing_room/ 

Furthermore, there's a positive link between the way we learn when we also learn handwriting -- it also accelerates learning in other parts of our brain. 

“When we write, a unique neural circuit is automatically activated,” saidStanislas
Dehaene, a psychologist at the Collège de France in Paris. “There is a core recognition of
the gesture in the written word, a sort of recognition by mental simulation in your brain.
“And it seems that this circuit is contributing in unique ways we didn’t realize,” he
continued. “Learning is made easier.”
— Michael Mabry, The New York Times

The Bullet Journal world is one filled with beautiful lettering that inspires me. Here are some images to inspire YOU today!

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Source: https://www.instagram.com/allikscript_/

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Source: https://www.instagram.com/hgcalligraphy/

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Source: https://www.instagram.com/studiomacoca/

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Source: https://www.instagram.com/happy_in_blue/

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Source: https://www.instagram.com/letteredbyeah/

If you want to take part in the National Handwriting Day Celebration, simply write something by hand today to celebrate-- do a little doodle in your bullet journal. Write a letter. Take notes all by hand today. Or, if you are feeling adventurous, do a hand-lettering project and post it to instagram with #nationalhandwritingday. Check out some of the pretty posts and get inspired!

If you want to learn more about how to improve your handwriting, brush lettering, or calligraphy, there are tons of great resources out there. Here is a Handwriting Challenge from Tumblr  and some Drills , 

As with anything, practice makes perfect! I'll be sharing pretty lettering all day on Instagram-- follow me there for more inspiration: https://www.instagram.com/hillary.yeager/