Stone Age vs. Digital Age
Which is Better?
I grew up in the Stone Age before internet, e-mail, chatting or texting was even a thought in somebody’s imagination. We didn’t describe our feelings with emoticons, or acronyms. However, in this age of digital expression, we are able to send and receive messages instantly. I truly think there is something to be said for the old-fashioned way of communicating: handwritten letters.
Make Someone Happy!
You’ll Be Happy Too!
Have you ever received a handwritten letter in the mail? Do you remember the special excitement you felt when opening it and how meaningful it was to you? If you haven’t, then you are missing out on a wonderful experience. Wouldn’t it feel great to send a special handwritten letter to someone you care about and give them that warm joyful feeling? To put pen to paper and express yourself in a more personal and meaningful way? To wait for their reply with anticipation and excitement? Consequently, sending handwritten letters can enrich your life and relationships.
Why a Handwritten Letter is Better
- It shows that you care enough to spend the time and make the effort. You have to choose the right paper, the right pen and the right words. You need to think about what you want to say and how you want to say it. Additionally, you have to write neatly and legibly, and check for spelling and grammar errors. You have to seal the envelope, write the address, buy the stamp, and mail the letter. All these steps show that you care about the person you are writing to. You are not just sending them a quick message that they might forget or delete. Instead, you are sending them a piece of yourself that they can keep and cherish.
- It improves your communication skills. Handwriting a letter forces you to think before you write. Hence, there are no emojis, gifs, or memes to rely on to say what you’re feeling. And no abbreviations, slang, or acronyms to save space or time. You can’t edit or delete your words once they are written. Your writing needs to be clear, concise, and lucid. You have to organize your thoughts and structure your sentences. These skills can help you improve your communication in other areas of your life as well.
- It sparks your creativity. Writing a letter by hand gives you the opportunity to be original, creative and show your real personality. Also, handwriting a letter stimulates different regions of your brain than typing a message on your phone would. It can improve your memory to write things down. College students have always used this method when studying for an important test. Writing a personal, handwritten letter enhances your creativity and imagination by allowing you to express yourself in unique fun ways. You can use different colored ink, draw pictures and use stickers to express your mood. Try your hand at writing a poem or share a cute joke. The sky’s your limit.
- It makes someone you care about happy. Receiving a handwritten letter in the mail is like getting a surprise gift, flowers or a package from Amazon. Above all, it makes your day brighter and brings a smile to your face. Why not make someone feel special, appreciated and loved? Your letter will bring excitement to their life and pique their curiosity. They will want to reply in kind and keep in touch. Additionally, writing a personal letter can create memories, bonds, and friendships that last a lifetime.
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Get Started Now!
These are just a few of the reasons I would recommend handwritten letters over typing or texting. It’s true that we all use digital communication every day in our lives, and it’s great for speed and convenience. But if you want to have a relationship that’s deeper and more meaningful, write a letter by hand to someone who matters to you. Therefore, how about it? Grab a pen and paper, get busy and start writing. You might be surprised by how much it means to both of you.