Why Non Writers Should Write

In a world of rapidly changing technology, computers and mobile devices dominate. Typing is the norm but let me tell you that it’s no match for writing. Non writers you need to mix things up a bit. There are serious health benefits to actually putting pen to paper.

When was the last time you wrote a letter to a friend? If you are under twenty you probably just answered never. What about a card then? Christmas, ok, that was a month ago. Let’s flip it over. How did you feel when you received a card in the mail? I’m guessing pretty good.

Writing is one of the key elements in humans growth. From your very first steps or words, writing is right up there. It triggers the brain’s senses and increases movement. If you haven’t done it for awhile, who knows what improvement in your life you’ve been missing out on.

But non writers, don’t fret. You can start this skill today and reap the following benefits:

Improved Memory

Let’s say you need to give a speech. You could wing it and depending on your skill level come out looking like a hero or a bloody idiot who ummmed and erred their way through a painful experience. You could type up a few notes on your computer or iPad. Not bad but highlighting keywords or phrases covers your screen with hot pink highlighter (….and yes for you techno guys I do know you can highlight using a function on your device).

But scientists (that just gave this sentence credit ability) have proven that your memory will increase by 47% if you actually hand write out your speech. I can vouch for this approach. Whenever I have to give a speech I always hand write it out first. I seem to be able to retain the talk quicker in my head by doing that.

Better Creativity

Hand writing improves cognitive ability and promotes fluidity of thought. Whenever I’m writing scenes or outlines for a new book I always hand write the outline first. Ideas seem to flow better and it allows me to quickly change direction if I need to.

Getting Out Of The Black

Keeping a hand written journal is one sound technique for getting yourself out of a black hole. Psychologists often recommend that you write down  your daily activities reinforcing the good things that are happening in your life. Being grateful is one of the best things you can do to boost your mood.

Knowing Who You Are

Hand writing experts can tell a lot from your handwriting. It’s easy for them to tell whether you are happy or depressed just by looking at a few slant, loops and strengths in your writing style.

So non writers, convinced you should start writing again? Let’s take a few small steps to get you going

  • Write out this weeks shopping list. You’ll finish your shopping quicker and save money
  • Write a letter to a parent. They won’t always be with you. And parents, do the same. Let the kids know how much you love them.
  • Buy a journal and write down 5 things you were grateful for today. Do it 10 minutes before bed time and you’ll sleep well.
  • If you are a boss, send a hand written thank you note to an employee and let them know how much they are appreciated.

A few easy steps to get you started. Who will you write to today? If you are stumped you can always write to me. PO Box 2138 Ashgrove West Qld 4060 AUSTRALIA. I’ll wait by my letterbox.

Leave me a comment below and let me know if you are a writer or non writer

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