Discover 7 reasons why sending handwritten notes is as good for you as it is for your friends and family. Your heartfelt correspondence will brighten the doormat of everyone you write to!
Do you remember how you felt when you were a child and an envelope landed on your front doormat… addressed to you? Were you surprised? Excited? Do you remember running your fingers over the stamp or examining the back of the envelope for clues about the sender? This is the effect that receiving a handwritten note still has today! The excitement never wears off.
You might think that the digital age has made paper a thing of the past. But you’d be wrong! Paper – an invention that’s thousands of years old – has proven that it’s here to stay for all time.
There are numerous studies that highlight the positive benefits of using paper over digital mediums. And in this post, I thought I’d highlight some of the benefits of using paper in the form of sending cards and correspondence. So let’s take a look at these wonderful reasons for writing handwritten notes.
7 wonderful reasons to send handwritten notes
1. A physical note adds more joy
One of the biggest reasons for sending handwritten notes is probably the fact that a heartfelt card or letter adds so much more joy to the person receiving it. When someone receives a physical letter or card, there’s an immediate sense of happiness. Happiness that someone was thinking about you. And happiness that they took the time to physically send something to you.
That joy gets compounded when the message received is heartfelt and loving.
2. People like receiving mail (that’s not a bill!)
I don’t know about you, but there are very few people I’ve spoken to who don’t like receiving mail (that’s not a bill). We get bills in the mail all the time. And that can make post feel like a burden.
But when you spot a letter or card in your mail that’s obviously not a bill, there’s an immediate sense of surprise, curiosity and excitement. It’s feels a bit like Christmas or having a birthday.
A letter is so special nowadays that your recipient may keep your letter for a long time as it means so much to them!
3. It helps you to slow down
Writing handwritten notes helps to slow you down. Now if this doesn’t sound like a benefit, let me explain. Taking time to slow down is actually a positive thing. In our fast-paced, constantly grinding, digital world, we’re seeing more and more people suffer from the effects of burnout.
It’s one of the reasons why ‘mindfulness’ has become so popular. People realise that mindful activities like colouring, or writing handwritten notes, can help us to slow down. And this is particularly crucial in today’s world where the need to slow down has never been more important.
So add some more mindfulness to your life by writing a heartfelt note to someone!
4. It creates more gratitude in your life
Sending a note, letter or card to someone helps to increase your gratitude. The act of writing a note or letter engages your mind in reflection and positive thinking. When you sit down to think of something positive to say to someone, you increase your gratitude for that person and for your own life.
5. It can strengthen your feelings of love and care toward others
This follows on the from the point above. When your gratitude for another person increases, you’ll find that your feelings of appreciation, love and care for that person increase as well.
The fact that you’re taking some time out to think about that person and send them something heartfelt, raises your feelings of love and kindness towards them. You’re strengthening bonds of friendship in your heart.
6. Handwritten notes increase YOUR joy
Another great reason to send handwritten notes is that it increases your joy. When you send a handwritten note, you can feel a sense of accomplishment, a sense of doing something good in the world, or of being caring towards others.
I also get a huge feeling of joy just by using beautiful stationery! Pretty stationery makes me feel so happy! If you’re a stationery lover too, then you’ll know what I’m talking about!
7. You’ll always have beautiful notecards and notepaper to use with Paper Me Pretty!
I had to mention this one here! If you’d like to have a constantly updated and fresh supply of beautiful stationery to use, then you’ll want to join our stationery membership, Paper Me Pretty.
Each month, we release a fresh new bundle of gorgeously designed stationery that’s both practical and pretty. Each month includes a set of notecards with matching beautifully designed envelopes! Plus, it’s all digital, so you get access to it right away and can print whatever you need at any time.
Your note will brighten up the doormat of everyone you write to!