Exercising our fine motor skills by using our hands for writing, drawing, knitting and so on, engages the mind in a very special way. It boosts cognition, induces a relaxed flow-state in our mind and body. Today, people are rediscovering the simple joy of “making”/ We feel instinctively that the calm-state induced by mindful handwork is also the basic fuel that powers social engagement.
We tend to engage more meaningfully when we’re feeling calm and safe. Writing by hand instead of using digital devices has this deeper effect on our mind and body because of the direct link between thought, memory and physical motion. It stimulates and activates the parts of the brain that govern our analytical and rational faculties as well as our ability to create, intuit and feel.