April is National Letter Writing Month, which makes it the perfect time to pick up the old-fashioned art of letter-writing. In my years of running Yardia, I've discovered just how meaningful a handwritten card can be to both the sender and the recipient, and how it can develop a relationship in a much deeper way than the more immediate written communication of a text or email. Here are five reasons why you should write more handwritten cards.
Surprise and Delight
When I send a letter to a friend, whether it is on a card to acknowledge a recent event, or a postcard sent on a whim, I always receive responses of both surprise and delight once my friends have received that card. I think because we've become so used to only receiving junk mail and packages from Amazon in our mailboxes that the smallest note of friendship, encouragement or congratulations packs such a stronger impact to our emotions and send of interconnection.
My favorite letters to give and receive are the ones that are unexpected. When I graduated from my Master's program and posted a photo on Instagram, the most meaningful congratulations was the card an old friend sent to me in the mail, instead of with a quick comment on social media.
Unexpected Positive Check-Ins
Sometimes we anticipate that unexpected news will always be negative: an illness, a death in the family or other hardships. Sending spontaneous greetings about everyday life can also lift up someone's spirits and provide a bit of joy. When I received a set of wooden postcards as a gift and immediately sent them off to far away friends and family as a quick life update and check-in, they were so pleased to receive such an unexpected note.
Tradition and Gratitude
As a teacher, my favorite tradition that my school employs is the act of students writing letters to their teachers prior to Christmas break. While this tradition stems from a century earlier when the school was a boarding school and students left their academic home to visit their families for the holidays, and now it simply finishes off our fall term before a two-week break of vacation, I still always love hearing from my students about their holiday traditions, their favorite memories from art class, and their wishes for me to have a restful break.
Celebrate National Letter Writing Month
Letter writing and picking out the perfect card for a specific person is an art form that I'm so happy to continue to encourage. If you haven't written by hand and sent a card in the mail recently, I so encourage you to experiment with the process this month. Not sure who to write to? Visit my post on 5 people you should send a card to this month. Want to thank someone for a gift? Read my examples of thoughtful thank you card messages.
I hope you're inspired by my personal experiences and discover your own reasons why you should write more handwritten cards this month. Happy National Letter Writing Month!
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