Here in the 21st century, it goes without saying that technology is definitely king. Once upon a time, modern conveniences like texting, email, and instant messages were simply considered alternatives to good, old-fashioned letter writing. These days, they’re the new status quo. As a result, many people can’t even remember the last time they sat down with a pen and some beautiful stationery to write a letter by hand. Still more people are losing the ability to write well by hand at all.
However, while it might be tempting to think that handwriting and letter writing are antiquated skills that don’t have a place here in the digital age, it’s important to realize that they’re anything but. Choosing to sit down and write some of your most important letters by hand using a good pen and some personal stationery that’s a pleasure to use comes attached to many benefits. Let’s take a look at a few of the most important.
1. Really Show You Care
Think back to the days before there were any such things as email or text messaging. How did you feel when you received a letter or a card in the mail from a pen pal or a beloved relative? If you’re like most, you felt special and chosen. You knew that at some point that person had made the effort to record their thoughts by hand, purchase a stamp, and physically deliver the finished letter to a mail box just for you.
This “I feel special” effect is even more pronounced today when most people communicate with their friends via mass text or Facebook to kill time while they’re in line at the coffee shop. Wouldn’t you absolutely love to receive a handwritten letter for a change? The chances are excellent that your friends feel the same way.
2. Make Memories That Matter
Emails, text, and social media messages are wonderfully convenient ways to communicate with people on the fly. However, they don’t really lend themselves well to the making of real memories. You can’t hold an email in your hands or file it away in a box of memories the way you can a handwritten letter or a greeting card. You can’t add a text message, or a Facebook comment, or a tweet to a scrapbook. Handwriting is a way to make and preserve the type of memories that matter most, as well as share them with the generations to come.
3. Make Your Words Count
A piece of stationery, a greeting card, or a personalized invitation only has so many square inches of writing space available. You’re forced to choose your words more carefully than you would with an email or a blog post. You really think about what it is that you want to say to the recipient and how you want to phrase it. You refrain from babbling or rambling on, and stick to the important things. You can’t just hit the backspace button when you make a mistake or change your mind, after all. Knowing this makes you a better, more thoughtful writer in the long run.
4. Become Smarter and More Creative
Doing at least some of your writing, corresponding, and communicating via handwriting also makes you smarter and more creative than you otherwise would be. Using a pen and paper utilizes your brain’s visual, cognitive, and motor centers differently than tech-based communication methods do. It also provides a multi-sensory experience that really stimulates creativity. The more different ways you give your brain a workout, the stronger and more efficient it will ultimately be.
5. Reduce Stress Levels
Most people these days are so wrapped up in technology that they don’t really consider the downside of being constantly connected, plugged in, and reachable. When you’re always online and perpetually plugged in, you’re peppered with interruptions all day long. You’re never allowed to simply focus on the present moment, so you miss out on the mental and emotional benefits.
The simple act of sitting down to create a handwritten letter solves this problem. It requires your full attention, so you get a much needed break from the constant stream of digital messages and notifications. When done regularly, the simple act of handwriting can drastically reduce your stress levels.
At the end of the day, there is really no downside to making sure the art of handwritten correspondence remains a part of your life. However, there are multiple benefits. Explore the possibilities today and recapture the true magic of writing!