It wasn’t really my intention when I made a vow of sorts to write more letters that I’d get letters in return. My intention was to try my hand at doing something that has really become a lost art of which I refused to let go. And I had a feeling there would be added benefits of taking on letter writing as a task:
- being forced, almost, to slow – even just stop
- the more thought-filled connection it would produce
- the feeling of joy delivered to the recipient
The benefits have exceeded my expectations.
And all of those things, and then some, have happened and I have to tell you, it feels good. It has become a little more of a habit actually – which was my hope – because I started to put it on my To Do list. Not so much as a dreaded task but rather a place for me to jot down on paper the names of people that often-randomly come to mind who I think would quite enjoy a letter.
Letter writing rocks. Here are 4 of the top reasons why I think so.
- Spreads happy. No one gets mail these days that isn’t a bill. A letter is a little happiness in your mailbox that brings joy. And whether you are giving or receiving the letter you are part of that happy.
- Releases stress. We are always rushing from one thing to the next. A letter you write forces you slow down. And it takes your mind off of the many things that distract you from what really matters – which I would go so far to say helps to reduce your stress.
- Builds esteem. The sense of satisfaction from letter writing feels amazing. These days, unfortunately, it is a feat to actually sit and spend time writing a letter. That sense of accomplishment and feeling of having done good goes a long way to boosting esteem.
- Transmits love. It’s perhaps the best reason to write a letter. I can think of a lot of ways to show and be love and this is up there. You literally transmit love because anytime you help someone feel joy, that my friends, is love.
So get out your paper and pen, sit for 10 minutes and just write. Feel the good you are doing for you, and for all the joy and love you are spreading to others.