Posted / by Kathan Shah / 24 comments

There's a constant and growing debate as to whether writing with hand is really necessary in today's day and age where we can use digital platforms for the same purposes. The technological advances in the last decade or two have completed changed the way we look at stationery and it's need, be it personal use or professional. However, while we keep debating about the need of hand written parchments in today's world, the conclusion would always be that we do need them. Be it to show the drawing of your kids to people by putting them up on the refrigerator, or be it noting down a message for someone else at the office. Writing stuff down on paper, is and always will be necessary, drawing and other forms of visual art, are and always will be necessary; thus making stationery, vital.

A lot of art at its core, stems from emotion. The urge to write, or draw, or paint, incepts from the urge to express something. Express happiness or condolences or love etc. One such art form, is journaling. We call it an art because there is a beauty in it, it holds emotion. Journaling encapsulates everything that one can do when it comes to art; write if you feel that's the best way to let go of what you feel, draw if with every smile you make your lips curve into one too, paint if you feel lighter with every stroke; irrespective of how terrible you are. If you don't believe us, we hope that you at least put your faith in science (or Girija Kaimal to be precise).

Kaimal, assistant professor of creative arts therapies at Drexel University led a study examining the effects of making art on stress-related hormones in your body. The results, published in Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, titled "Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Art Making," found that 45 minutes of creative activity significantly lessens stress in the body, regardless of artistic experience or talent.

So trust the study, and just try; because the shabby handwriting, the messed up doodles, the too thin/too thick paint strokes, the frustrations of 'I-can't-make-the-other-eye(!!!!)'; all these go out of the window. The artistic level of things you make doesn't matter because your journal is your safe space, and yours only. So many millennial are seen carrying a journal, be it to use it as a diary, or to write poetry, or scribble doodles etc. The possibilities are endless and the permutations and combinations even more so. The world you create inside your journal is where you can be yourself, without any fear, without any inhibition. The journal is not only a part of you, but also a place where you are the truest you that you can be.

Today being World Stationery Day, let's decide that we ditch making art digitally, or at least give the ditching a genuine attempt; because years later when you open an old journal, the smell of the paper, the touch of the dried up paint and textures of the pencil, and the memories that rush in like waves during a high tide, these feelings, they are unparalleled and other worldly.

That's a future event that you're making sure will happen if you do a small act today. You, are making your future.

Start the journey to being the 'you', that you want to be, and if you're wondering where to start, we know the right place.

Hop on to our store (scholarstore.in) and check out our array of journals, notebooks, and diaries, and choose the one that you resonate with the most. We hope that your journey ahead is memorable.

If you already are into journaling, tell us about your experiences and what you like to do with your journal, in the comments below! Maybe you could end up inspiring someone ;) Live long, and prosper!

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