In such a busy world, texting and emails have overridden the basics of pen-to-paper handwriting. In fact, the current generation of youngsters wouldn’t dare take the time to pick up a pen and paper, and get to writing.
Unfortunately, modern technology may be causing a huge unprecedented crisis, as it pertains to how the mind actually works. It is powerfully reshaping human interaction, individual human development, and identity.
Getting back to the basics can only enhance health, and improve the mind.
Learning – Distraction
Putting that pen-to-paper is the very most effective way for the brain to retain important information. In doing so, the brain activates the Reticular Activating System. You may be surprised to find that certain areas within the brain actually light up when words are hand written, versus typing.
Modern technology also breeds a heavy distraction. Writing takes you to a slower place where you can actually begin to “smell the roses”.
Keeping Your Brain Sharp With Age
Aging is an inevitable part of life, yet hand writing can slow down the brain-aging process. By effectively engaging memory, motor-skills, and cognitive ability, you can keep your mind sharp. This works quite the same as learning new things, such as a new language.
Modern technology breeds minds that are heavily out of focus. You see, each text comes with another, and each website has a link to the next. Hence, the idea of keeping our kids limited on technology time has ration.
By incorporating writing, the mind has the ability to place a serious focus in one area, versus twenty. Thoughts can be placed directly to paper, allowing full on neural circuit connectivity.
Self Awareness – Gratitude
This is especially so when it comes to journaling, and keeping a gratitude log. Every now and then a jog in memory is more than helpful. Need help remembering how you were feeling during a certain situation? No problem. You have a journal to refer back to.
This creates a giant leap in self-awareness. By incorporating the act of a gratitude log, or sending random love letters, an atmosphere of goodwill begins to take place deep within our psyche. It creates a sense of well-being that can make a huge difference in self-esteem, and overall perception on life.
Grades – Confidence
This is especially important for the new generation of youngsters. Texting and tapping away at the keyboard is more popular than ever, even in the classroom. Getting that pen-to-paper will do so much more than improve communication skills. In fact, brain activity is improved so heavily, that handwriting can predict academic success in ways that a keyboard is simply incapable.
It impacts how a child’s mind actually develops, and continues to develop. It has been shown, that children who practice daily hand-writing, have brain activity similar to an adult over a four week time span.
Aside from slowing down and taking a break from modern technology, getting that pen-to-paper is important for more reasons than I can type.
It promotes effective learning, keeps distraction minimal, keeps the brain sharp and focused, improves neural connectivity, promotes a deep awareness of self, enhances gratitude, may improve academic success, and even build self-esteem and confidence. So instead of relying so deeply on modern technology for communication, take a leap of faith and get that pen-to-paper.