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National Handwriting Day

Posted by Brittany

National Handwriting DayToday is National Handwriting Day, a holiday sponsored by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) and celebrated in conjunction with the birthday of John Hancock, the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence.  Since that historic date, the term “John Hancock” has become slang for any signature, and if you ever have chance to view a picture of the famous document, you’ll see why —  there is something both strong and artistic about his mark.

Today we communicate primarily through e-mail, text messaging, and social networking sites.  Though my inbox may be overflowing, its very rare that my actual mailbox contains any correspondence of a personal nature.  Likewise, while my fingers have become increasingly skilled on the keyboard, my handwriting has suffered immensely since I left college ten years ago (as I am continually reminded by my colleagues).  Chris, as a left-hander, tends to be a bit more artistic and his non-cursive script is reminiscent of block lettering — easy to read and always the same.

To celebrate National Handwriting Day Chris and I decided to test our hand at handwriting analysis.  We both wrote brief cursive samples and I analyzed mine using the graphology test on ofesite.com, while Chris studied his with the help of handwritingwizard.com.  Here are the results, paraphrased for your reading pleasure…

Brittany: even-tempered; good with some details, careless with others; may quit tasks after a period of time; gifted with insight; feelings are not easily hurt; obsessed with structure, to the point that I am “imposing stress on [my]self and others around [me]” (that was my favorite part); has moderate willpower; confident in myself and my decisions.

Chris: moderately outgoing; somewhat moody; demands respect; secretive; can be defiant; has an investigative and creative mind; practical; sarcastic; has a healthy imagination.

Honestly, I can’t agree with the entire analysis.  Still, I think I’m going to have tonight’s tests on my mind next time I put pen to paper.  At least I didn’t come across anything that said that handwriting that changes on a regular basis is a sign of psychosis.  I’ve heard that somewhere before and, if that’s the case, I fear for others around me!  Either way, I have an excuse for picking up a knife tomorrow — a butter at least.  It’s National Peanut Butter Day!

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