We’ve all seen it in movies: grandchildren open up grandma’s box of trinkets and find a letter that grandpa wrote to her sixty years ago. Watching these moments is heartwarming and it makes you smile, or maybe brings a tear to your eye. But what will these scenes look like fifty years from now?
No one writes letters anymore—which just makes it even more meaningful when you receive one. Whether it’s a thank you note, or a simple life update, receiving a letter connects you with the friend who wrote it in a way that technology can’t.
If your friend is going through a difficult time, write them a letter of encouragement that they can keep on their nightstand or in their desk at work. When they’re feeling down, they can open up that letter and remember that you’re there to encourage them.
There’s also something joyful about receiving a letter in the mail that you know isn’t a bill. So often, the daily mail is filled with advertisements and magazine subscriptions, but nothing of substance. Going to the mailbox and finding a letter from a close friend can bring a lot more joy than getting a text.
It might also be worthwhile to write a letter to family members that live in the same house as you. Write up why you love your daughter, or give a handwritten date invitation to your spouse. These will make them smile and can be saved to look at when they’re feeling down.
A heartfelt letter can mean a lot more than a simple text, even if they communicate the same idea. Next time you reach out to a long-distance friend or family member, think about how much it will mean to them to receive a letter.
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