Recently, we posted ideas for resolutions in our post, Resolutions For 2021. Number one on our list was to write snail mail. Letter-writing is a lost art that is making a comeback. With a return to simplicity in 2020, many found themselves turning to simple, quiet activities and finding different ways to connect and reconnect. Unplugging and going analog in our activities removes the stress and overstimulation often associated with too much screen time and too much running. There are benefits to letter-writing. Here are a few ways that taking the time to handwrite a letter improves our quality of life:
- It promotes mindfulness. Just like meditation, it brings calm and focus, it relieves anxiety, it causes intentional expression of thought.
- It generates self-reflection. As you write, you are taking the time to consider your topics and how you feel about them. It gives you the opportunity to grow in self-awareness.
- It brings joy to the receiver. Sometimes the greatest thing we can do for ourselves is to bring joy to someone else.
- It’s enjoyable. Letter-writing can become a hobby. It’s fun to pick stationery, collect colorful pens, decorate our letters with stickers or stamps…the options are endless!
- It encourages creativity. Writing allows us to tell a story. You can use descriptive words, tell things in a funny way, and really find your voice.
There are so many things you can write about, too. and reasons for writing letters are numerous. Perhaps you’re reconnecting with an old friend or relative. Maybe you’re saying thank you. Maybe you’ve found a penpal. Here are some ideas to write about:
- Your day or week or month.
- Your job.
- Your family.
- Your thoughts on current events.
- Your hopes and dreams or goals.
- Your events and activities.
And so much more! So what are you waiting for? Grab a pen and some paper and start writing a letter! Enjoy!