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The Benefits of Writing Letters

The Benefits of Writing Letters

Four reasons why you should put pen to paper and indulge in handwriting letters.

The Benefits of Writing Letters

We all know how special it is to receive a handwritten letter in the mail. There is something personal about the time and consideration that has gone into creating a letter, and more meaning to be found in the imperfect text than in an email – especially in today’s highly digital world. As actor Ashton Kutcher said, “The power of the handwritten letter is greater than ever. It’s personal and deliberate and means more than an email or text ever will. It has a scent. It requires deciphering. But, most important, it’s flawed.”

If the joy you experience in receiving a handwritten letter isn’t enough to tempt you into writing one of your own, here are four reasons you should:

  1. You’ll make someone happy: the receiver of your letter is going to get a burst of excitement and know that you care. This, in turn, will make you feel good about yourself.
  2. It’s fun: handwriting stimulates creativity and encourages you to explore. Experiment with doodles or stickers, use scented pens and decorate the envelope to really unleash your inner playfulness.
  3. It promotes mindfulness: just like colouring in creates calmness and relieves anxiety, so too does handwriting. It asks you to slow down and take care in the process – you can’t backspace anything, so you are required to put thought into what you write. Plus the rhythmic movement of pen-on-paper encourages clarity and peace.
  4. It generates self-reflection: because you are carefully considering what you are writing about, your mind is able to focus on the content. This means you are given time to think about your job, relationship, hobbies or whatever else you are jotting down.

If you still aren’t convinced, take in the wise words of To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee, who wrote to Oprah Winfrey in 2006: “Some things should happen on soft pages, not cold metal.”

READ MORE: The Benefits of Keeping a Diary

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