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IRL: 6 Reasons to Bring Back the Handwritten Letter

In our world of constant communication, letter writing feels incredibly archaic. Maybe it's because we feel too busy to sit down and actually write, or maybe it's because it's hard to even know where stamps are sold (Don't they come with my Amazon Prime subscription? Is that what Postmates is for?). However, I'm convinced that sending and receiving hand-written cards is an instant mood-boost, the sort of throwback activity that enhances creativity and connects us to others in a truly tangible way. We asked Emma and Chelsea of Hands on Everyday, an amazing resource for digital design, to shoot some of their favorite cards, while I breakdown the top six reasons to sit down and write it out. 

IRL: 6 Reasons to Bring Back the Handwritten Letter

IRL: 6 Reasons to Bring Back the Handwritten Letter

1. Friends 4Ever

If you've ever known the pulverizing pain of a hard-drive crash or that accidental left swipe that deletes all of your crush's text messages, you know that 3-D objects have an underrated security. There's nothing better than finding an old shoebox filled with supportive cards from your parents, weird gel-pen notes and games of MASH, or dusty love letters from your ex that you pretend to hate but can't quite ever throw away. 

IRL: 6 Reasons to Bring Back the Handwritten Letter

IRL: 6 Reasons to Bring Back the Handwritten Letter

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2. Use Your Brain 

It's more than easy to type out your feelings, it's almost mindless. There's something more permanent about the written word, lines and letters imbued with meaning and thought, if only because you don't want to run out of room on that tiny rectangle. 

3. Feel the Feels 

Like the fuzzy embrace of your boyfriend's sweatshirt, what's better than holding a piece of someone you love? From your hands to the hands of your mom, your bff, or your Australian pen pal, touching the words someone else has actually written is guaranteed to give you a swell of gratitude. 

IRL: 6 Reasons to Bring Back the Handwritten Letter

IRL: 6 Reasons to Bring Back the Handwritten Letter

IRL: 6 Reasons to Bring Back the Handwritten Letter

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4. Time to Unplug 

After having actual dreams about Candy Crush, you realize it's time to put the phone down and exist IRL for a change. Though we're constantly updating our friends on every moment of our lives, it's nice to take the time to write them something you know they won't receive immediately. It's an opportunity to tell them something sentimental, something silly, or insert a literal party hat emoji and fill your card with confetti.

5. The Joy of Mail 

The closest I will ever come to Beyonce is the amount of Bills, Bills, Bills that perpetually fill my mailbox. Sending someone you love a letter will definitely stand out amongst the riffraff. Make their day by guaranteeing that the grocery store flyers and previous tenant's weird model-airplane magazines become a fading memory.

IRL: 6 Reasons to Bring Back the Handwritten Letter

IRL: 6 Reasons to Bring Back the Handwritten Letter

6. Keep Handwriting Alive

Have you ever rifled through vintage postcards, turned them over to look at the handwriting and thought, "HOW"? Decent, albeit impressive, handwriting feels impossible to find these days. Use the act of letter writing as an excuse to practice your cursive. Then, you'll be less embarrassed by the fact that people writing with a sharpened bird feather by candlelight had better handwriting than any human alive in our modern world.

IRL: 6 Reasons to Bring Back the Handwritten Letter

IRL: 6 Reasons to Bring Back the Handwritten Letter

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anipani commented on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 11:44pm
Yes, yes and yes!! Nothing feels so good in the morning as a handwritten card from a thoughtful friend in one hand and the coffee in the other!! Never happened to me though!! ONly kidding. I do write, and get written to. And it actually helps to clarify thoughts and feelings. YOu end up loving more, when you write it down. Strange but true.
Jessica Ivy commented on Friday, July 29, 2016 6:12am
Very lovely post so much color!
annaboo commented on Thursday, August 4, 2016 6:53am
So pretty!
Sandkuhler Store 2D commented on Friday, August 5, 2016 7:58am
This is the first time in my whole life that I only received one birthday card. OK I got over a hundred birthday wishes on Face Book. But I couldn't put that on my mantel.
shanniesam commented on Friday, August 5, 2016 8:08am
As someone who once dated a guy in the military where the only way we could talk for a while was through letters, this is so true. Texting and other digital communication may be easy and quick but a letter means so much more.

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