Rarely do you meet a mailman and see mailboxes on houses nowadays. Who cares when you have an e-mail piled up with messages and chat applications for instant messaging? After all, snail mails sometimes get lost to the point when the recipient not being able to read the letter. Obviously, technology has brought so many perks and efficiency to the mailing system. However, sending a handwritten letter is not only limited to reaching someone in a long-distance; rather, it also hopes to reach the heart of someone close to us.
According to Steve Toepfer from Kent State University, make a habit of writing thoughtful letters of gratitude and care to someone. His research discovered that there is a psychological benefit of writing letters such as decreasing depressive symptoms. Thus, handwritten letters do not only benefit the receiver but also the writer. Expressing appreciation to a friend or family helps count your blessings in life.
Spilling Heart on Ink
A handwritten letter expresses sincerity at most times. The writer is free to talk about anything he/she without second thoughts. For the receiver, he/she can feel more the message of the writer if handwritten. When you write a handwritten letter, the only person expected to read it is the receiver. Unlike greeting in a social media post (in public view), you are aware that many people will know and react to it so there might be filters and limitations.
The Pen is Intimate
Handwriting is a unique attribute to one person. It always feels special to receive a handwritten letter from someone because a handwriting has a personal touch. It also sets apart from other messages you read. The sender/writer of the letter can show more creativity by placing personalized stickers or even draw symbols/images that no one can do. Some letters are even folded differently which creates this surprising moment before reading.
Effort Always Counts
One most attractive thing from a person in any kind of relationship is effort. Writing is inconvenient to do because it takes more time, creativity, and energy than sending a simple “HBD” on messenger/chat. Who would care to write now with all this fast-paced technology? For someone exerting an effort of writing a letter, you are a catch!
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From My Standpoint
The classic handwritten letters move my heart a lot when receiving one (super rare event!). Probably, I experienced living in the renaissance era in Europe (haha!) where literature flourished. Can I call myself an old soul? I appreciate even the small handwritten notes from my previous colleagues posted on my table. Likewise, I keep handwritten letters from my close school friends and want-to-know-you-better friends in my treasure box. It walks you to the memory lane as you get nostalgic reading them all. It is a reminder that at one point in your life someone cared about the connection you have and the moments made together.
If you ask some of my friends, I am sure they have received a handwritten letter from me some time ago (Christmas or Birthdays). It becomes a routine or hobby for me to do because it makes me feel good or happier. Also, I think expressing in words is my strength because your writer here is not the clingy type. Upon reflecting, writing a letter can make me feel good but I guess being selective in doing it is a wise move. Not everyone appreciates it, some may find it too cheesy, fancy, and cringey. Handwritten letters are not for everyone though.
In conclusion, it is proven that handwritten letters can make most people happier. You can be like me who likes writing or someone who prefers the other way around. It will always fall on our preferences. Hope you were able to find your own best way to express care to people you love.
Do you like writing and receiving handwritten letters? Share your thoughts about it!
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