January 23rd Is National Handwriting Day

national handwriting dayToday is National Handwriting Day. This day was established in 1977 by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA). The occasion is celebrated on the birthday of John Hancock, the founding father who is most fondly remembered for his bold signature on the Declaration of Independence. It is a day to celebrate and give the gift of penmanship to yourself or others.

We live in the age of technology where everyone takes to e-cards, e-mails, text messages, and more to correspond with one another. Nearly everything we do is typed up online, on mobile phones, tablets, or computers. The Original 1-800 Charity Cars, the nation’s largest free vehicle donation program, even offers online live chat, an online vehicle donation form, and two online methods for monetary donations ourselves. So, we can understand the amazing feeling it can be to get something handwritten in your mailbox and not your inbox!

Take some time today and instead of putting your fingertips to keyboards and touchscreens, put a pen to paper! Here are a few ideas you can do to celebrate handwriting:

  1. Write a letter to your family and friends.
  2. Write a love letter to your significant other or even anonymously to your secret crush.
  3. Write a poem and express your creativity.
  4. Start or make an entry in a journal/diary, but make them handwritten entries.
  5. Start a dream journal and handwrite dreams you have each night.
  6. Write motivational snippets on sticky notes and leave them on co-worker’s desks, friend’s lockers, in your children’s lunchboxes or your significant other’s briefcase or purse.
  7. Write a story.
  8. Write down your goals and dreams.
  9. Write down your bucket list of things you want to do in your lifetime.
  10. You can even spread the love for handwriting by giving gifts of paper, pens, and pencils to those you love.