- Calligraphy stimulates neuronal activity, helping us to develop a broader vocabulary and write texts that are more comprehensive.
- Increased handwriting activity helps to acquire information faster, helping us to concentrate for longer periods of time
- Our haptic perception becomes more acute, increasing the tactile experiences we lose when typing on mobile and electronic devices.
- Calligraphy helps us to store a repertoire of movements, enabling the construction of a greater motor memory
- Handwriting creates many important nerve connections to learn and create ideas more quickly
- Finally, the study of calligraphy helps us to relax, to find time for our mind to unwind.
Why calligraphy makes us feel well
Today, however, a reversal of the trend has begun, which contributes to restoring importance to this practice, which seemed destined to disappear. All over the world, in fact, there is a renewed interest, if not a real cult, in calligraphy and stationery, the "tools" necessary to handwriting.
After the rediscovery of bound notebooks, stationery franchises spread and saw a real boom in the sale of pens, notebooks, pencils and other objects for handwriting, drawing and calligraphy (which one could see as a blend of the previous two activities). Thinking of these places, one should not imagine cold and grey environments dedicated to the poor office stationery, but warm, elegant, vintage shops, full of refined and unique objects for your calligraphy to blossom.
Let’s be honest, who wouldn't be thrilled today to receive a real and beautifully hand-written letter instead of an email?
Not dissimilar to the world of Harry Potter and the search to find the perfect wand, new calligraphers get lost in the infinite world of ballpoint pens or fountain pens, looking for the one that best suits their handwriting style.
The importance of the handwriting gesture
Manual writing also plays a decisive role in information acquisition processes, involving parts of the brain that are not activated during message input. This happens for several reasons: first of all, during manual writing the attention is placed on a single spatial and temporal point, since the graphic gesture takes place in the circumscribed area where the pen traces the sign on paper.
The learning of the capital and italics styles, the bases of modern day calligraphy, requires the acquisition of a wealth of hand movements that, according to neurophysiology, allow the construction of an important motor memory. Interestingly, these two names are rather misleading: the capital style involves the use of capital letters and is more commonly known in printing, and it was thus known as the “printed style”. On the other hand, italics was born in France, and it was widely adopted in schools throughout Europe since the nineteenth century for its speed of execution.
Calligraphy makes us unique
Now that lifestyle and wellness trends are decidedly oriented towards listening to the needs of balance, self-recognition, living in harmony with oneself and the environment, calligraphy is interpreted for the first time as a practice of well-being.