These days, so much of our writing is done on the computer, so it's easy to forget about handwriting. But handwriting is still an important thing that will never completely disappear, so this is the day to celebrate it! Celebrate this day by writing as much as you can! Write letters or notes to your loved ones or start a diary or planner to keep you writing for the rest of the year!
History of Handwriting Day
The Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association created National Handwriting Day in 1977 to recognize the creative expression of using a writing instrument. The association firmly believes in the power of a handheld writing utensil and uses science to prove its efficiency as a learning tool. This holiday takes place on the birthday of John Hancock, the first person to sign the American Declaration of Independence. In 2017, National Handwriting Day was introduced for congressional recognition in the US in an attempt to symbolize the importance of this day.
How to celebrate Handwriting Day
Look at old schoolwork from your childhood and recognize the changes in your handwriting (assuming you’ve improved since then)
Grab your favorite writing utensil and try freewriting for a timed amount, it’s a great tool to warm up your hand muscles and get your mind flowing
Practice different fonts to test your artistic ability
Binge crime podcasts that used handwriting experts to determine trials, or read a written version here
Start (or revive) a diary or dream journal
Write your long-distance friends postcards
Write thank-you notes for recently received gifts or acts of kindness
Find a pen-pal from a different country
Replace your electronic writing with hand written notes for the week
Calendars, grocery lists, to-do lists, memos, text messages, etc.