Reasons to opt for writing - Deepstash

Reasons to opt for writing

  • 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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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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  • 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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Good personal writing can encourage a real connection and brighten someone's day, be it a birthday day card, snail mail, a text message or a work email. 

When done right, it feels like someone is really noticing you.

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Writing letters as therapy

Unlike modern communication tools like text messages, letters have a unique, personal and intimate identity. Letter writing is a lost art, and an important tool for therapy. The pent up feelings inside us, the right and wrong impressions, conceptions (and misconceptions), explanations, and apologies that are left unsaid, can be expressed in a letter to anyone we want, even ourselves. 

It’s not important that we actually send the letter to the person, however, the letters that really need to be sent, are also the most therapeutic.

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Benefits of writing faster
  • You don’t have to actively concentrate on the act of writing itself, but on thinking about what to write.
  • You can write your thoughts down immediately as you are forming them, without suffering from a delay which hinders your thought process.
  • Improved performance in various academic tasks (for example, note-taking during lectures and in-class essays).

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