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Benefits of writing a letter by hand: Why handwritten letters are better than email and other electronic communication
While the 21st century iPad totting urban techie may ask "What's the point of discussing the benefits of writing a letter by hand anyway?" a handwritten letter has a certain charm that electronic communication cannot replace. Let's find out what makes writing by hand better than email, tweets, chat messages and the lot. Here's why and how the pen is mightier and warmer than the keyboard.
Handwritten letters can be stored and archived for later viewing
While email aficionados may argue that emails can be archived and stored in different folders, diehard fans of handwritten letters will tell you how amazingly surreal it feels to pull out an old rustic letter sent by a loved one.
Handwritten letters can be stored easily and the gush of nostalgia that you get when you go through a touchy handwritten letter is one of the little pleasures of life that make life worth living.
You will actually go back to the time and moment when you first read the letter and soon old memories will unfold right in front of your eyes. It's magical! You can assign one folder, file, cardboard box or better yet, a drawer for all your letters.
Letters are emotionally very heavy and bearing
Why are hand written letters emotionally very heavy? You can hold them close to your heart, literally. The mere fact that a loved one has sent you a letter written by his/her own hands and it is something that you can physically touch, has a lot of emotional bearing.
If you have never experienced the emotional bearing of a letter, try digging out an old love letter or a letter bearing sad news, grab a nice hot cuppa and read the letter while relaxing on a rocking chair, hammock or a bean bag.
You are likely to be overcome with a gush of emotions that may even leave you in a state of trance, thinking about the person who sent the letter and the happy times you spent with them.
Handwritten letters are extremely personal
Writing letters by hand have a very unique and personal touch to it. While an email is just another form of electronic communication that you can only see, the joy of a letter written by hand is palpable.
Besides being able to see what's written, you can touch the letter, smell it and feel it. A letter from a loved one from foreign shores will have the typical smell of that foreign land. It's like having a piece of the country your loved one is living in right in your hand. Receiving a letter from a loved one is the next best thing to having them visit you in person and having them by your side.
Hand written letters are fun and unique
Emails are just another document that you will read on your computer screen, tablet, iPad, smart phone or any other mobile device. On the other hand, no two letters that have been written by hand are likely to be the same.
Handwriting, type of paper, type of envelope, type of postcard and many other things make every letter unique. You can even doodle along the sides of a letter while you write or stick tiny stickers or other personalizes items to make your letter extra unique and extra special.
To sum it up - doodling, stickers, designs, postcards, picture postcards, whacky handwriting, ramblings, colorful paper, cute envelopes and a lot more make handwritten letters a lot of fun.
The rustic old world charm of writing letters – A simple pleasure of life
Writing a letter by hand has a very rustic and old world feeling to it. You feel as if you have travelled back in time and in some way, writing a letter reminds you of the simple pleasures and joys of life in the now fast paced world.
It reminds you of how we have taken some of the very things that we use on a daily basis for granted. Did everyone have email in the early nineties? Did everyone have Twitter and Facebook in the nineties? Could we instantly update all our best friends with our pictures and other stories in mere seconds, a little more than a decade back? The answer is no.
Writing a letter is one of the simple pleasures of life that we have overlooked and sidelined as technology and innovation has paved the way for forms of communication that are very cold, as compared to the warm feeling of a handwritten letter.
The art of writing a letter – It can be your next hobby!
If you have been bowled over by the advantages of writing a letter by hand over emails and other forms of electronic communication, hear our one more fantastic benefit. You can make writing letters your hobby and a craft that you can pursue passionately.
Aficionados of handwritten letters will tell you that writing a letter is just like any other art. Hardcore fans take letter writing to a whole new level with wax seals, letter openers, fountain pens, different types of ink, rustic paper, hand engraved envelopes, pen stands, desk holders and much more.
You too can stock up on some of these and have your very own corner in the house where you can grab a hot cuppa, sit back and write a beautiful and warm hand written letter to a loved one in a distant land.