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Benefits of writing a letter by hand: Why handwritten letters are better than email and other electronic communication

Updated on August 31, 2012
Have you given sending a handwritten letter to your loved ones every once in a while? Read on and find out the benefits of sending a letter written by hand rather than a cold hard email or other forms of electronic communication
Have you given sending a handwritten letter to your loved ones every once in a while? Read on and find out the benefits of sending a letter written by hand rather than a cold hard email or other forms of electronic communication | Source

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.

Reading an old and warm handwritten letter feels heavenly
Reading an old and warm handwritten letter feels heavenly | Source

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.

You can scribble a personalized cute message on your handwritten letter. That's just one of the things you can do to make your handwritten letter unique and uber fun.
You can scribble a personalized cute message on your handwritten letter. That's just one of the things you can do to make your handwritten letter unique and uber fun. | Source

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.

Writing a letter lets you pen down the thoughts in your mind and the feelings of your heart. Go ahead, indulge in one of life's simple pleasures.
Writing a letter lets you pen down the thoughts in your mind and the feelings of your heart. Go ahead, indulge in one of life's simple pleasures. | Source

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.

You may very well have your own rustic little corner in your home where you can write your heart out and pursue your new found hobby!
You may very well have your own rustic little corner in your home where you can write your heart out and pursue your new found hobby! | Source

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.

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    • Coffeequeeen profile image

      Louise Powles 

      3 years ago from Norfolk, England

      Yes I still write letters. I've got quite a lot of penpals, some overseas. And I love some of the lovely letters on pretty paper I receive through the post. It's always nice to receive a handwritten letter.

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      Levy Tate 

      6 years ago from California, USA

      Handwritten letters will always be superior to emails! Thanks for writing this hub, pal! Voted up :)

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      S.D. Stephenson 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn New York

      I also love this hub. I recently had to clean out my childhood home and I found hundreds of handwritten letters from my childhood and college days. It seems I kept every note, correspondence, card, love letter, poem, written to me. I really plan returning to the art of handwriting letters. I also plan on picking back up calligraphy I truly enjoyed the classes I took in high school.

      My good friend thinks I'm a little quirky because with all of these smart phones and apps, I still use a planner, write out a to do list, and write my first draft on pen and paper.

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      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Love this hub. My oldest friend - we met over 40 years ago in a college class - back then of course it was all letter writing. We've always kept in touch but letter writing diminished and then the internet. But recently, we found that we are just no good with writing each other over the internet - those quick short notes - no good. So after a sporadic few years we have decided to start writing wonderful letters again.

      It is truly a thrill to open my mailbox and see a letter - wow!. We were both surprised to find it difficult to find all the beautiful boxed stationery of years ago - but we are looking. I decided I would also write her in a note card - she was thrilled.

      No this is the life - this is how it was meant to be for us. It is just such a feel good thing to do.

      Nice to meet you by the way. I'll follow and keep up. Yay!

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      8 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      This is such an AMAZING hub! :) Voted up!!

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      8 years ago

      Nothing feels quite like pen on paper. Great hub!

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      8 years ago

      I think emails are so impersonal. Writing letters by hand FTW!!

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      Brian Dooling 

      8 years ago from Connecticut

      great hub! I actually recently wrote a hand written letter to a close friend back in the fall for her birthday. I really couldn't afford a gift for her and realized what a nostalgic and cool idea a hand written letter would be. I ended up writing three pages, which would never have happen in an email! It also took a little more work and effort to write the letter, constantly checking for mistakes, which couldn't be easily deleted like on the computer, and the mere fact of writing that much was actually, physically, a lot more difficult then what i remember in grade school lol. Who knows althought the muscles i use to type and text are stronger than ever, the muscles used in writing have weakend over the years! Anyway, my friend was very touched by the letter, i think i might have even brought her to tears! She admitted that it was one of the best birthday gifts she ever received! Voted up and awesome!

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      My Nurse Says 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      It gives a letter a "personal" touch to it... it adds to the connection between the writer and the reader and makes the thought of the letter more sincere..

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I still have some old and cherished letters and have even used some as the basis for several hubs...some written to my grandfather from a war buddy after WW1. They have since been passed on to a museum for safeguarding long into the future...and it all came about because of writing about them on HubPages and being contacted by people.

      Women used to use a drop of their perfume to scent their letters (especially love letters) in the old days. Can't get THAT from an electronic email!

      Great hub. Voted useful, interesting and up. Also tweeting and sharing with my followers.

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      8 years ago

      I love handwritten letters. I still write them, but I did it more often when dad's parents were alive as my Grandmother was mostly deaf and phone conversations required shouting. They lived in P.A. I also enjoy typewritten letters with my handwritten signature at the bottom. I have letters that I got from family members. I have letters written by Agatha Christie (inherited from my Great Aunt-Christie died 2 weeks before I was born), Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Edward Hardwicke and David Suchet - all hand-written. They weren't just a signature either. It took time to write these letters.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love to write letters by hand and sadly do it so infrequently anymore. Even when we send Christmas letters, they're typed. I do like to at least include a handwritten message on a card. There's nothing else like it.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      The last time I sent and received a handwritten letter was almost 15 years ago when my late grandmother was still alive and we wrote each other. Since my handwriting is nearly incomprehensible, it's probably just as well that we've switched to email communication. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      8 years ago from Oviedo, FL

      Hi Princess; I enjoy writing longhand. I generally write things out with a pen before I start working on the computer. I've occasionally heard rumors that schools might eventually stop teaching cursive, which would be a shame because I'd like to think writing by hand is an art that will never fade.


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      Linda Crampton 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the interesting ideas to support the value of writing letters by hand, princesswithapen.

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      8 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      I usually write on paper first, then edit my letters/prose before typing it. Great hub! Vote up, useful, interesting, and shared.

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      8 years ago from Memphis

      I just think writing by hand has a more personal touch.

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      Sandra Busby 

      8 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      What a neat hub. Being a retired teacher, I'd like to add another reason: writing with the hand, especially cursive writing, opens pathways in the brain that are not opened either by printing or by typing. Many of our elementary children are no longer being taught cursive. Be interesting to follow that along and see what else is connected. Thanks. Sandra Busby


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