Raise your hand, Pandas who still have a notebook! (A handful of hands slowly come up.) Now, raise your hand if you write in that notebook! While we listen to the humming silence, I have to admit that in the past week, I scribbled out a single post-it note with my groceries list. The fact is obvious: typing has pretty much replaced the good, old and beautiful art of handwriting. (I am not looking at you, doctors!)

Cursive writing has become a skill on its own. Some states, such as Indiana, have decided to go on teaching it in school. Others claim that cursive should be cherished like any other great tradition whose disappearance would be a cultural tragedy.

So without further ado, we have some fantastic pen-spiration to write a letter, a Christmas card, or a diary entry with the most beautiful examples of handwriting. Scroll down below, upvote your favorite ones and be sure to check out Bored Panda’s previous lists with the perfect handwriting here and here.

#1

More Penmanship Styles With Ballpoint

More Penmanship Styles With Ballpoint

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Mimi La Souris
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5 months ago

I'm dying of jealousy, with spasms.

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#2

Another One Of My Notes. Trying To Improve My Handwriting Every Time I Get A Chance

Another One Of My Notes. Trying To Improve My Handwriting Every Time I Get A Chance

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Sum Guy
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5 months ago

I understand the handwriting... but that sketch is just amazing

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#3

This Is The Whiteboard After One Of My Professor's Classes. It's Just So Nice To Look At

This Is The Whiteboard After One Of My Professor's Classes. It's Just So Nice To Look At

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chi-wei shen
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5 months ago

This style makes learning easier for any student.

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To find out more about the art of handwriting and all the powers behind this undeservedly forgotten skill, we spoke with Lauren Mooney Bear, the chairperson for the “Campaign For Cursive” and the “Cursive is Cool Contest” for kids grades 1-8. “Campaign For Cursive” is part of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation (AHAF). Lauren has been a handwriting analyst and graphologist since 1985.

If you’re wondering whether you have a talent for handwriting or not, Lauren said that anyone’s capable of it. “Handwriting, cursive writing and even calligraphy can be learned by anyone and improved upon with practice. There is an endless variety of personalities and the form of one's writing will ultimately reflect the personality and thinking processes of the individual writer.” Lauren added that calligraphy is a highly stylized form of written communication, yet it will still yield some personality traits.

#4

My Niece’s Handwriting Is Very Precise. Calming Just To Look At

My Niece’s Handwriting Is Very Precise. Calming Just To Look At

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

So nice. Interesting how she's adapted the letter I so the dot is in line with the other letters, not slightly above.

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#5

Futuristic Handwriting In My Building

Futuristic Handwriting In My Building

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Sarcastic Cow
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5 months ago

Dorothy has a style!

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#6

Foundational Hand

Foundational Hand

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Susie Elle
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5 months ago

Wow, stunning!

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Moreover, writing styles can be developed through practice. Lauren shared some tips on how to do that: “Choose a simple 'copybook' or style you wish to adopt. Practice needn't be arduous or painful. With only a short period daily, a person will master a good script in no time. Using colored pencils really helps to embed the cursive movements into the memory.”

She continued: “We also suggest playing light classical music during practice to help relaxation and improve rhythm and writing fluidity. One of the fun programs, for adults and youth, is called CursiveLogic (links below), another one is New American Cursive.”

#7

My Journals

My Journals

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Caro Caro
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5 months ago

I'm so jealous, this is beautiful. The penmanship, the drawings, layout, all of it. WOW

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#8

Shopping List Found On The Street In Prague

Shopping List Found On The Street In Prague

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Sarcastic Cow
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5 months ago

Potatoes, Garlic, Apples, Cucumber, Eggs, Mustard, Sweet-cheese-dessert?, Muesli (apple), Toilet paper, Carrot, Bread, Bread-rolls?, Lard, Ham, Horalka (biscuit) - pure Slavic piece of art!

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#9

It’s My Nan And Grandad 60th Wedding Anniversary Today

It’s My Nan And Grandad 60th Wedding Anniversary Today

He made this poem up on the walk home the night he first stole a kiss from her. I’ve rewritten the poem in my tidiest hand and decorated it with things that remind me of them - I hope they love it!

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

So romantic and lovely. This must have made them cry.

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Moreover, handwriting can be thought of as brainwriting: all of the electrical impulses that make you 'you' are in your writing, the handwriting analyst explained. “It is normal for handwriting to change as your thinking and emotions are changing but your core personality traits will always be there.”

That means that handwriting can tell more about our personalities than we’d think. “If a person tends to be cerebral and introverted with good attention to detail, it will show up in the spacing, size of writing, slant, even the punctuation and upper loops, among other things. If someone is outgoing, verbose, the center of every party, it will show in their handwriting. You might find larger, far right slanting script, open tops on the lower case o's and a's, small or no margins, and other indicators.”

#10

Here’s My Second Menu Board

Here’s My Second Menu Board

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago (edited)

I'd frame that and hang it in my dining room. Reminds me somehow of posters by Paul Davis.

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#11

This Person’s Handwriting

This Person’s Handwriting

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ADHORTATOR
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5 months ago

That' s the handwriting of a Cyborg

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#12

Hope You Like My Spencerian Cursive Script

Hope You Like My Spencerian Cursive Script

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

Beautiful writing and a Mont Blanc, probably a fine tip. What more do you need?

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Incredibly, even complex personality and behavior traits can be seen in the writing, like “manipulative traits, honesty, sense of humor, sarcasm. Handwriting can show math or artistic aptitudes.” Lauren also said that an expert can even see if a couple might be compatible or if one is well suited for a particular type of employment. “Of course, the writing must be seen as a whole, one trait alone means nothing,” she added.

When asked whether handwriting is being pushed away by typing, Lauren confirmed that many of our youth are not being taught or are overwhelmed by the use of technology. “However, it is good to know that at present, 25 states have mandates that some sort of cursive/handwriting be taught in schools. Scientific research has shown that the students who learn cursive at a younger age do far better in secondary schools and in universities and tend to excel in math, science and the arts,” she added.

#13

New Weekly Sign For Work. All Dry Erase Markers, No Stencil

New Weekly Sign For Work. All Dry Erase Markers, No Stencil

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Lynx Wixx
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5 months ago

I'd come to this shop

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#14

This Is My Bangla Handwriting. Anybody Bengali?

This Is My Bangla Handwriting. Anybody Bengali?

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Mimi La Souris
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5 months ago

woooaw !

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#15

The Handwriting In My Grandfather’s Diary

The Handwriting In My Grandfather’s Diary

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Rachknits
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5 months ago

Love Barbara and her 'sensible skirts'

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“The good news is that newer technology will be using handwriting. Google and other tech companies are developing apps and input devices which will help to turn the tide. We are already seeing a rise in YouTube videos about handwriting, how-to's, and handwriting analysis,” Lauren explained. She concluded that once the tide begins to turn, it will move much faster than expected.

Sheila Lowe, president of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation (AHAF), also told Bored Panda that “throughout history, people who knew how to write have been more highly regarded than those who were illiterate. It’s really important that as a society, we give our children the many benefits that come with learning this important lifelong skill.”

The president at AHAF added that, “Dr. Jane Yank, research chair of our organization, the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation, has recently updated our white paper on why handwriting is important in a digital age. The research that supports the importance of handwriting training is coming in so fast and furious, we can hardly keep up.”

#16

I Hadn't Written Anything In Super Long So I Broke That Streak Today

I Hadn't Written Anything In Super Long So I Broke That Streak Today

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Tash
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5 months ago

looks like a font- so uniform and neat

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#17

You Either End Up Like Spongebob Or Live Long Enough To Become A Squidward

You Either End Up Like Spongebob Or Live Long Enough To Become A Squidward

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Panda-riffic
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5 months ago

Ouch!

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#18

Some Students Drew This On The Sidewalk Outside The School I Work At

Some Students Drew This On The Sidewalk Outside The School I Work At

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Space whale
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5 months ago

There has to be one person with the good handwriting and the other coloured in the rainbow

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#19

My Sister’s Homework

My Sister’s Homework

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Rachknits
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5 months ago

Wow

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#20

My Attempt At Gothic Writing

My Attempt At Gothic Writing

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Jo Johannsen
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5 months ago

Lovely.

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#21

This Letter From My Pen Pal

This Letter From My Pen Pal

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

Pen pal is a monk? So perfect.

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#22

Three Fonts Using A Stub Nib

Three Fonts Using A Stub Nib

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

All splendid. This must give the calligrapher so much pleasure.

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#23

My Art Teacher’s Handwriting

My Art Teacher’s Handwriting

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5 months ago

And that's how this teacher "made the grade." ***Oops! I'll see myself out, now.ಥ‿ಥ

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#24

My Boss Pays Me To Write Out Names For Birthdays, Thank You, Etc Cards

My Boss Pays Me To Write Out Names For Birthdays, Thank You, Etc Cards

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Aria Whitaker
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5 months ago

ooooh I want one !!

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#25

My Handwritten Calligram / Skull Study, On A Sonnet By John Donne

My Handwritten Calligram / Skull Study, On A Sonnet By John Donne

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edenenchant
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5 months ago

woah, i really like this.

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#26

My Psych Notes

My Psych Notes

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Stefan
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5 months ago

I like these pens ! I prefer the 0.7 though.

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#27

Voltaire Knows What’s Up

Voltaire Knows What’s Up

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ima cat
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5 months ago

Seems stamped, not written, but I might be wrong.

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#28

First Day Back At Work. Found This On A Whiteboard

First Day Back At Work. Found This On A Whiteboard

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arandomboredpanda
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5 months ago

indeed they do...

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#29

My Friend's Neat Handwriting

My Friend's Neat Handwriting

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Karin Gibson
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5 months ago

Bones of the head.

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#30

My Younger Sister's Handwriting

My Younger Sister's Handwriting

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DennyS (denzoren)
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5 months ago

I'm not writing again....what...how is this so good?!?!!? lol

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#31

Starbucks Barista's Handwriting

Starbucks Barista's Handwriting

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

I'd keep that cup.

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#32

My English Teacher’s Agenda

My English Teacher’s Agenda

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Jo Choto
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5 months ago

For anybody who has ever tried writing on a big board, making the lines that straight is a skill.

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#33

I Tried Handwriting. How's This?

I Tried Handwriting. How's This?

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Joanna Werman
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5 months ago

I wonder if there's a difference between writing per word or writing per letter? Anybody have an insight

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#34

My Girlfriends Landlord

My Girlfriends Landlord

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SomePeopleCallMeMaurice
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5 months ago

Just so the rules are clear!

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#35

My Japanese Handwriting Practice

My Japanese Handwriting Practice

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Pillowhead
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5 months ago

so neat ~

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#36

So, My Barista Remembered My Birthday

So, My Barista Remembered My Birthday

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
5 months ago

What a sweet❤.

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#37

Somebody Did A Real Nice Job Labeling My Takeout

Somebody Did A Real Nice Job Labeling My Takeout

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Mimi La Souris
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5 months ago

quc5adilla5 ? :) (im jealous)

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#38

We Are All One Spark

We Are All One Spark

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MellonCollie
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5 months ago

Tool, Pneuma. Lovely to practice calligraphy to one's favourite lyrics, as these will undoubtedly be.

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#39

One Of My Fellow Law Student’s Handwriting Is Just Gorgeous

One Of My Fellow Law Student’s Handwriting Is Just Gorgeous

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Cybele Spanjaard
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5 months ago

very expressive in variation too.

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#40

Today's Leftovers From Las Trojas

Today's Leftovers From Las Trojas

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

The date too. Brilliant!

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