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If you aren’t sending handwritten notes and cards, then you should start! There’s no wrong time to put some words on a card to tell people how you feel. We’ve got plenty of opportunities to write handwritten notes to friends and loved ones during these summer months. It is the season of dads and grads, after all!
My Reasons to Send a Handwritten Note
When I receive a letter, I know that I’m excited to open it. There’s nothing more personal than a handwritten note, and it’s like a hidden treasure in the piles of bills and junk that seem to flood my mailbox constantly.
If I really want to stand out for an opportunity or if I really feel a genuine connection to someone, I’m going to write them an actual note. One of the most effective ways to distinguish yourself is by writing handwritten thank you cards. It shouldn’t ever be promotional or “salesy,” but should encourage future communication and put you (or a business) in a positive light.
I do my best to never send a digital thank-you to someone for a gift I have received. It just doesn’t feel like enough. You can’t hold it in your hands the way you can with a handwritten note. Emails are so quickly deleted, but cards often get displayed on desks or mantles or in my apartment – they get hung up on the wall! Something that someone actually gets to open and touch makes a huge difference.
Reasons I Might Not Send a Handwritten Note
One of the reasons I might not send out handwritten thank-you notes is that I don’t have the necessary supplies. I try to keep a stash of blank cards and simple stationery in easy reach so I can send notes when the opportunity arises. You can order stamps online and have them delivered to your house, so you don’t even have to go to the post office.
The other reason is just simply time. Sometimes it can be tough to find the time just to sit down and scribble down some words to send to someone. I think it’s essential to remember QUALITY over QUANTITY in these situations. The handwritten notes don’t have to be long, but they can still be heartfelt in just a few words. Will it take you longer to complete than a text or email? Sure, but it’s definitely a more personal way to share your thanks. I suggest trying to be timely when sending out a note – shortly after a birthday or Christmas if you received a gift, or as soon as you can after an important connection is made.
Don’t underestimate the value of handwritten notes and cards. Handwritten notes still have a particular charm, and I feel they have lasting value. So spread a little joy with a handwritten note to someone you care about. I guarantee it’ll be appreciated!
TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS: Do you send handwritten notes or cards to the people in your life? Why or why not?