1. It’s a memorable way to touch the people and make an impact on other
people’s lives. Well-written cards can be some of the least expensive and most meaningful gifts you will ever give. With a few strokes of the pen, you have the power to encourage a loved one or inspire a friend. A thoughtful letter can be treasured for years. Visit just about any history museum and you’ll be struck by the impact a letter can have. Countless possessions throughout history have decayed into dust, but fragile pieces of paper have been protected for generations because powerful words are worth reading again and again.
2. Research says it can actually make you happier.
Steve Toepfer from Kent State University studies “author benefits” – the perks you get from penning letters. Toepher says by making a habit of writing thoughtful letters of gratitude, “you’ll feel happier, you’ll feel more satisfied.” This isn’t as strange as it sounds. Telling your friends how much you appreciate them helps you count your blessings and notice some of the beauty in your life.
3. It creates a wonderful surprise.
Remember when getting mail was fun? You never knew what you might find. Now, it’s mostly a pile of bills and junk. You can be the person who rescues her friends from the drudgery of modern mail! Put something fun in their mailbox and you just might make their day.
4. It’s a chance to show off (or improve) your handwriting
Most of us spent hours in school practicing our printing and cursive but we never get to show off our skills by making an impact on others! For you talented writers, handwritten letters are your 15 minutes of fame. Receiving a personally written letter in this day and age is special. Students who know how to produce a well-crafted letter can use it to their advantage. You can, if you wish, take the opportunity to work on your handwriting skills. While students may protest that they can accomplish the task much quicker by word-processing, another benefit of handwriting a letter is that the speed becomes almost meditative. This allows students to focus carefully on their grammar and punctuation, without always resorting to the crutch of spell-checkers and grammar correction software.