5 Reasons to Write and Send Letters
In a society where we are in nearly constant communication with others, it’s hard to imagine why one would need another way to speak to friends or relatives, especially if the method of communication takes more than a few minutes of your day. A quick text or Snap Chat may seem sufficient.
However, imagine for a moment that you had an ample amount of space to say everything you wanted to a person before they had an opportunity to reply or change the subject. This is one of the many advantages of the too-little practiced, all but lost art of letter writing. The classic and long enduring practice of letter writing first lessened in popularity when email became widely used, and has been dwindling ever sense with the developments of texting and ever-advancing social media. While these more modern of communications may seem easier and more sensible, they do not have all the same benefits as a hand written letter.
So what are these benefits? Why should a person living in the twenty-first century bother with writing letters to friends and loved ones? Let us explore some of the reasons!
1. Say all you want and only what you want without interruption.
When you sit down to write a letter, you have a platform to say anything you like without interruptions. Sometimes it’s easier to say the things you need to say when nobody can interject or change the subject. Even when texting someone, as most of us tend to text in short blurbs that give people opportunities to respond right away. Even if you have more to say on a subject, the ball is immediately in the other person’s court once you press send. When you write a letter, you can express your thoughts fully in complete paragraphs, and the recipient can take in all the information you’ve written, and ponder it before responding.
2. You have time to think through what you’re communicating and how you say it.
Because letters are usually longer and take some time to compose, you can put a lot of thought into them. Spending time on a letter allows you think through what you really mean to express and to consider the words you want to use. All of us have said things we didn’t mean to or have sent texts we regretted. If you write something you immediately want to take back in a letter, you can erase it or throw it away and start over. The finished product becomes something well polished, planned, and fully deliberate. Your recipient will read and receive the words you meant to say!
3. You can make it look great.
One of the best parts of writing letters is choosing fun and colorful paper, stationary, and – of course – envelopes! These things can add a lot of personality to your letter. If you want to write a serious letter, you can use white or ivory paper or stationary. If you want to express a fun loving attitude, use purple or green paper, or colorfully bordered stationary! There are a wide variety of papers and stationary sets to choose from to reflect your personal style and the mood of the letter! Picking the right surface to write on on, and the right envelope to send it in, is half of the fun. This brings me to my next point:
4. It’s fun to write letters!
If you are a story teller like myself, or simply someone who enjoys chatting or expressing themself, writing letters is a very enjoyable practice! Retelling the recent events of your life, and sharing recent thoughts with a friend one is a great opportunity to be fully expressive and to make relationships (with friends, family members, your significant others) deeper. It feels good to share things these things to the fullest extent that you wish. Letters give us an opportunity to bring amusement to those who may experience sadness, friendliness and reliability to those who may be feeling lonely, and much more! Have fun with your letters and with the people you write them to!
5. It’s fun for the recipient to receive mail!
Partly because letter writing is so rarely done in modern culture, it’s exciting to receive something in mail that’s not a bill , but rather, a message from a friend! Receiving a letter lets friends know that you are thinking of them and care enough about them to take the time out of your day to write them a long and detailed discourse. From taking it out of the mail box, to peeling open the envelope, to seeing the choice of station, and finally to reading the words in the writers voice, getting a letter is a great experience!