5 REA­SONS WRIT­ING IS GOOD FOR US

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1 BOOSTS BRAIN POWER

Stud­ies show tak­ing notes with a pen rather than a lap­top leads to bet­ter rec­ol­lec­tion, be­cause we tend to re­phrase in­for­ma­tion for our own un­der­stand­ing as we go, rather than sim­ply typ­ing out what we’ve heard, al­low­ing more time for the in­for­ma­tion to sink in.

2 PUTS TECH ON PAUSE

The av­er­age Brit checks their phone 28 times a day, and more than 10,000 times a year; go­ing screen-free to pen a hand­writ­ten note pro­vides a much-needed break from the 24/7 whirl­wind of tech. While writ­ing, you’ll con­cen­trate en­tirely on the task in front of you, fo­cus­ing on the present mo­ment.

3 EN­HANCES CRE­ATIV­ITY

More labour-in­ten­sive than us­ing a com­puter, writ­ing forces us to slow down and con­nect the mind with the hand, one word at a time. By do­ing this, we have more time to think, and to let our thoughts run away with us, al­low­ing new ideas to spark. 4 HELPS PSY­CHO­LOG­I­CAL WELL­BE­ING Ther­a­peu­tic letters are used by coun­sel­lors for work­ing through mem­o­ries and emo­tions, pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity to take a step back, an­a­lyse and come to terms with our in­ner­most feel­ings.

5 IM­PROVES SLEEP

Re­search has found that peo­ple who wrote down a list of things they were grate­ful for be­fore go­ing to bed ex­pe­ri­enced a longer and bet­ter qual­ity night’s rest.

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