Relationships

10 Reasons to Write Letters

This is outside my (shared) bedroom window. And no, it’s not snow, though it’s pretty and sugar-like! It’s a frozen rain/sleet mix. We had some on Sunday, which caused us to slip though a stoplight on the way to church, and we had more yesterday, which canceled church.

Anyways, I’m going to give 10 reasons WHY people should consider reverting back to the old way of conversing. I love writing and receiving letters, and it’s actually how I talk with most of my friends. (Most of my friends I see at church or I write.)

  1. It’s more personal than emailing/texting/Facetagramtweetchating (me trying to combine multiple social medias…πŸ˜‚)

There’s just something different about a handwritten letter compared to an email/text, etc. Maybe because you can feel it, read it over again before bed….

2. It’s a little more private

I’m not going to say it’s a completely private way to tell someone something, because we’ve gotten/sent things that have been opened (and read [or ate]) by someone before. However, it is a bit more private than emailing/texting (unless you have encryption like we do), but it’s definitely more private than most social medias!

3. It improves your handwriting

I found a letter from a friend from 2015 the other day. I sent her a picture, and she said she’s glad her handwriting has improved since then. I know my handwriting was bad six years ago, but it has improved the more I write.

4. It’s an excuse for using your artistic talent (aka. decorating/lettering, etc)

One of my pen pals did that one of her letters. I’ve had another pen pal draw me a Tiger Lily and another gave me sticky-note verse lettering. It’s fun to receive/give hand lettered verses/quotes and gives an excuse to use fancy lettering.

5. It’s relaxing (or at least my sister say so!)

Okay, I do agree with my sister’s point. Writing letters is relaxing, and is one of my favorite things to do when I’m bored. (So tonight, since I don’t have much to read [the libraries are closed since the schools are closed], I can write a letter.)

6. It teaches you patience

For some reason, the mail has been slow lately. And often times, things get lost or end up in weird places (it took a month for one package of mine to come and one time, a package from Arizona went to California before going to St. Louis.) My sister’s pen pal sent her a Christmas card a few days before Christmas, and we got it last week. So letters (and the mail system) will teach patience.

7. Lowers your screen time

Emails and texting take up a lot of screen time. By writing letters, you can cut your internet time down a lot. (That is, if you have lot of friends.)

8. It’s easier to save (unless a fire/tornado/hurricane happens!)

I delete emails often. However, I hardly ever get rid of letters. I was running out of room in my letter box, so I started putting multiple letters in the same envelopes and throwing away the old envelopes. There’s probably over 50 letters in those envelope pictured above.

9. You can send more than just letters

I like sending pictures and verse cards with my letters. My pen pals, however, send things like book marks, bracelets (one sent me a bracelet from Hawaii and a Euro from Italy), and other small enjoyable things.

10. It’s just enjoyable!

Writing letters is just fun in general. It’s a lot art, and is “old-fashioned” (which describes me somewhat well). I love running out to the mailbox (well, not on icy days since I’d probably fall) to see if the mail people brought me anything. #LittleJoysofLife

Bonus! Makes others feel loved or special

A random letter/note to a good friend or a family member can brighten there day and make them feel loved or special. It’s a great way to cheer up someone you know has had a rough week.

And that’s it for this week, my friends! I hope this inspires you to write some letters.

-Lilly

Do you have any pen pals? If so, how many? (I currently have seven.) Do you like writing letters? What about receiving?

28 thoughts on “10 Reasons to Write Letters”

  1. I really enjoy writing letters. I have somewhere around 20 pen-pals. I love receiving letters and a lot of times it makes my day!

  2. Oh, this was a fun read, Lilly! I enjoy pen paling as well. I like including little goodies, and I feel like it is a better way to get to know someone! At the moment, I only have one, but I’m hoping to begin pen paling some friends that live further away from me; I would love to have more. πŸ™‚

  3. AWESOME POST! I completely agree with everything you said, and I LOVE pen paling. πŸ˜€ I still enjoy emailing, but there’s something about letter, that you can hold in your hand…. πŸ˜‰ I’m not sure how many pen pals I have, but I know there’s several! I love both writing, and receiving letters. One of my favorite things!
    Thanks for writing this post!πŸ˜„

  4. I only have one penpal at the moment, but I’ve had lots in the past, including some international penpals. This was a great post, Lilly. There is something special about receiving a letter in the mail.

  5. Loved this post, Lilly! I love writing letters and often I will write notes to my siblings, even though we live in the same house. We all have mailboxes and it just makes my day when I get a note from someone!
    Thanks for sharing
    Grace

  6. I absolutely love writing + receiving letters! Let’s see…. how many pen-pals do I actually have… I think I have about 6! I don’t see any of them hardly at all, so it’s fun to be able to keep in touch!

  7. I enjoyed reading this post! I love having penpals! I have around seven currently. Some of my penpals and I like to exchange stickers, pretty paper, scraps of cute fabric, and other fun things. πŸ™‚

  8. Aww!! I love this post! I really love getting letters and it’s lots of fun sending them as well! I definitely don’t write letters as often as I should though… πŸ˜‰

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