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I truly believe there is a certain magic to a handwritten card, and I believe it is an important magic that we need to keep alive.
From a very young age, my mother would make us sit down and write thank you cards to anyone who had gotten us a birthday or Christmas present. Anything that required us showing our gratitude,, would be written by hand and sent off in the post.
We most probably moaned a fair amount when doing these, but it is a tradition that we followed for every event. As a now thirty-something adult, I still follow through with it. Sure, it might take me a few months after the event to get it all done and sent (usually more because of me than because of the kids, can’t blame them on this one). But it gets done. There have been times when I’ve sent a text to people instead, and it’s just not the same and I always wished I had written a note instead.
Sending a text does not replace the magic of writing, and sending, a personalised handwritten note.
As kids, we used to always (!!) ask my mum if we had received any post. My mum said it did make her laugh, as she wasn’t sure what we expected to receive on a daily basis from the postman, considering we were still in primary school. But the hope of receiving something exciting in the post was always there.
And still remains.
Admittedly, most of the post I get these days consists of bills, companies begging me to start using their services again and other random pieces of post. Not so exciting.
But when I see an envelope with my name and address that have been handwritten on it, my inner 8 year old self gets really excited about actually getting post worth opening!
So what makes a handwritten card so magic?
Well other than reliving the dream of my 8 year old self, I believe there are quite a few reasons which make handwriting a card special.
- It makes you feel special – knowing that someone picked up a card for you, then took time to write in the card before making a trip to the post office to send it to you. Knowing that someone cares enough about you to make time in their day for you like this makes you feel special, and loved. And that’s always nice. Receiving a text is nice, but when your friend or loved one is going through something specific, always send a card. Or even better, send a card Just because, they make the BEST cards!
- Gratitude is good for the brain – Science proves that expressing gratitude is good for your brain , and your wellbeing generally. Dr Christian Jarrett writes:
studies have shown that performing simple gratitude exercises, like keeping a gratitude diary or writing letters of thanks, can bring a range of benefits, such as feelings of increased well-being and reduced depression, that often linger well after the exercises are finished.
- A Chance to Handwrite something meanful – It has to be said, we don’t get a chance to handwrite much these days. When asked to write something it can feel like when you first got back to school after the summer holidays, and you somehow couldn’t write aything after the long break!
- Beautiful Stationery – You get an excuse to use beautiful stationery. Always a winner in my book.
- Unique Keepsakes – When boxing up our posessions recently for the move, i found loads of letters I’ve kept over the years. Mainly, they are from my brother and my sister. written to me when my brother left home to train as a professional footballer, when I first went to uni and they would both send me long, funny and personal letters, as well as from my friend Laura at uni and then for each special occasion in my life . Reading these after all these years still make me feel so loved, and so grateful to have these people in my lives. If any letter I write can make someone feel like that, then I would be so, so happy ♥
- The Extra Touch – Whenever I receive an order with a handwritten personalised note, it makes me appreciate it even more. This is one of the big reasons I love buying from small businesses, the note reminds me that I’m buying from a real person, who created a product and who are grateful for every little order. I know on a bigger scale it gets harder to do, but it definitely adds an extra touch to businesses.
How To Create the Magic
My 7 year old shares my love for stationery, and between us we have numerous notebooks, beautiful pens, … you name it! A few years ago, I also got a nice box from TK Maxx, which I filled with a mix of cards for numerous occasions, as well as some blank ones. Whenever I’m out and about, if I see cards I like, I make sure to get some to add to my completion. I especially like bright and beautiful ones, which stand out from other cards, or simple ones with beautiful modern calligraphy on them and a splash of colour.
I also have stamps in a little pouch, and “By Airmail” stickers, as well as my address book in this box, so I have everything I need to write as and when I want/need to. I also have a pencil case filled with pens I like to write with. Stationery ♥♥♥
Two Birds One Stone
Another great positive from making sure you keep a stash of beautiful cards, is that you can join in “Just a Card” campaign:
The JUST A CARD campaign aims to encourage people to buy from Designer/Makers and Independent Galleries and Shops by reinforcing the message that all purchases, however small, even ‘just a card’ are so vital to the prosperity and survival of small businesses.
Supporting small businesses is a great passion of mine. I’ve met some amazing creatives over the years who create the most beautiful cards, including the lovely Jodie from Sunshine for Breakfast.
And Most of All…
If anything, it’s just nice. I mean it is, isn’t it? Writing a card to say thank you, I’m thinking of you, I’m sorry, anything really… Whenever something happens and you think “Ooh I know who would love that!”, or when you hear sad news about someone, or perhaps you’ve been inspired by something someone did. Write them a card. It is such a quick and easy way to make someone’s day. It might be just what they need to read on that given day, and you won’t regret it. And who knows, you might start getting cards back too! Such a small way to help make the world a better place, what’s not to love ♥
Why not make sure you send a card this week to someone? You can send as many as you like too, or perhaps make it a new regular habit. Whether you send one once a week or once a month, you’ll feel great about it and will help make someone’s day ♥
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