The dying art of handwritten notes has got to be one of the saddest things ever. In today's world of constant and instant communication through email, text, etc. it's as if note writing has become obsolete, but not to me. What makes it so important, is the extreme impact it makes.
Think back to the last time you checked your mail. What was in it? Probably a slew of credit card officers, insurance quotes, maybe some bills, and if you're lucky a coupon flyer. Now think back to the last time you received a personal letter from someone. Outside of holiday cards (which don't count), it's probably been years.
I know that every time I receive a card or gratitude or for any other random reason really, I literally fell like a kid on Christmas morning regardless of what it says. Try getting in the habit of sending out at least 1 card per month and see what the response is. You'd probably be really surprised. Also, keep in mind the following situations that cards are needed but often get overlooked:
Job Interviews: Handwritten notes of thanks to interviewers sends a huge positive message to potential employers. Make sure you get names and titles correct (hopefully you collected some business cards). Most people aren't in the habit of writing hand written thank yous, but it was a great way to grab attention and is much more warm than an email. It also makes sure your potential employer remembers your name when it's time to make that final decision. You can always write general notes of thanks to have ready to send out the day of your interview, or if you want to include specifics of conversations you had that day, it makes for a bigger impression.
Sympathy Cards: It's always appropriate during a major life event like a funeral to send cards, but even if you know a friend is going through a hard time, this personal touch of you taking the time to reach out in such an intentional way works wonders for those you care most about.
Thank Yous: Someone did something nice for you? Someone purchased you a gift? You just appreciate someones kindness in general? This is such a great opportunity to do something simple that makes a big impact.
Love Notes: One of the best things you can do (that I learned from my mom) is writing love notes to your partner. It may sound awkward or weird to some of you, but trust me and just try it! Just a simple "I'm so thankful to have you in my life" note goes a LONG way to score those brownie points. Don't wait for a holiday. Random love notes let your partner know you're actively thinking about them and improves your relationship exponentially all with the flick of a pen. You're welcome!
What I try to do is practice on a separate piece of paper so I can get the message exactly how I want it, and it also gives my handwriting some practice since most of us don't hand write often anymore. Keep in mind that like emails or texts, the more you send, the less impactful it becomes so make sure you strike a good balance.
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