Letter writing is thriving

Letter writing - by hand - is linked with mental health benefits.

Letter-writing may seem like a lost art form. However, during the initial quarantine and beyond, statistics showed an increase in sales of notecards and writing papers. TikTok's hashtag #penpal has over 192 million views and penpal communities are increasing globally.

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5 Life-Affirming Benefits of Writing Letters By Hand, According to Research

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  • Letter writing helps develop a strong sense of accomplishment. Typing text takes seconds, but spending intentional time creating a letter will give you a greater sense of accomplishment.
  • It increases clarity and gives a new perspective. Writing engages a different part of the brain and helps to view ideas from another angle.
  • It fosters connections and deepens relationships. The recipient feels that they are important to you.
  • It creates anticipation of a letter arriving and boosts your happiness.
  • Gratitude letters are directly related to happiness.

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  • Always have stamps available. The key is having your own sets of custom, printed stationery.
  • Stay consistent. As with any habit, letter-writing takes repetition.
  • Start a tradition of letter writing.
  • Send messages into the future, telling your loved ones how you feel about them, or writing letters to be read on specific dates.

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