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Top 10 Ways Being a Letter Writer Makes you a Better Person

It’s recently been proven that as a society, we appreciate the effort and consideration that are shown to us when we receive handwritten notes. Dropping a note in the mail does more than make someone else’s day, though! Here are just a few ways that being a letter writer can help make you the person you want to be:

1. Successful.
Seal the deal professionally by writing a perfectly polished handwritten note immediately after leaving your job interview. As you climb the corporate ladder, don’t forget to thank the people who have helped you along the way. You never know when you’ll need a professional reference or letter of recommendation. With our inundated email inboxes, handwritten notes are more personal and more memorable.

2. Polite.
Modern day manners leave a lot to be desired. Be the poster child for perfect etiquette (or at least for common courtesy) by saying “thanks,” “congrats,” you’re invited,” the old-fashioned way: in a handwritten note. Your readers will appreciate the thoughtfulness, and even the nostalgia, of your gesture.

3. Popular.
Ensure party planning success by inviting guests in a way they simply can’t refuse. Email invitations and phone calls are fine, but written invitations (no matter how casual or impromptu) give off an undeniably stylish (and well-prepared) air.

4. Happy.
Let’s not forget that old saying: “Give and you shall receive!” Start a trend among friends where you write letters back and forth for everyday and extravagant occasions alike. Seeing a note in the mailbox will add joy to your daily life, and that stack of letters from the past year or two can be archived as a lovely keepsake of your friendships and experiences.

5. Proud.
Share your happy news. In fact, shout it from the rooftops! Write notes to friends and family and coworkers and keep them up to date on your most recent achievements. Just moved? Welcomed a new baby? Changed jobs? Let the people important to you know!

6. Yourself.
Letter writing definitely provides an outlet for expressing yourself through the written word, but now, more than ever, it lets you be yourself! Choose stationery styles, colors, and even monograms to create custom paper that is undeniably “you.” Send letters that say more about you than plain old words ever could.

7. Intelligent.
Practice makes perfect. The more you write, the better you’ll get at it. Why not practice on family and friends? And while you’re at it, why not write a letter to a local official or a personal hero of yours? Ask for information or advice. By avoiding the email masses, you just might get a reply, and you just might learn something new!

8. Confident.
You know the old saying “It’s not what you say but how you say it?” Nothing could be truer when it comes to letter writing. As you develop your letter writing skills, you will develop a definitive written voice. And, you just might find it easier to express yourself through writing than through speech.

9. Grateful.
You’ve likely been lectured somewhere along the way on the importance of thank you notes. Birthday presents, graduation gifts, wedding presents all clearly call for thank you notes. But, how about those everyday things for which you are grateful? Try thanking a dear companion for his or her friendship, or a teacher for his or her support and encouragement. You just might find that these everyday, out-of-the-blue expressions of gratitude are even more rewarding and satisfying…for you and for the recipient.

10. Considerate.
“Be the type of friend you wish to have.” “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Equally powerful statements with similar sentiments. Imagine those moments where a little extra support would make a world of difference in your life. Letters allow you to make that difference for someone else. Know a friend who’s going though a hard time? Send her a note letting her know you’re thinking of her. You might be surprised how much love, comfort, and strength she will find in your sincere words and kind gesture.