No Longer the Lost Art of the Handwritten Letter

Why are handwritten letters making a comeback?

In today's fast-paced digital world, where communication is often reduced to quick text messages, emails and best wishes on social media, the art of writing handwritten letters is experiencing a renaissance led by our younger people. Even if many are not writing in cursive penmanship, these people are rediscovering the joy and therapeutic benefits of putting pen to paper and sending heartfelt messages to their loved ones. 

Some of our younger and regular customers at Idea Chíc tell us stories of friends and family active in the art of sending cards and stationery notes. Others wish more of who they are close to would send or appreciate the art of the handwritten note more; we are not all the way there! We joke with some of these people that Idea Chíc should sponsor a pen pal type of club introducing these shared values.

Maybe we should?!  

Connecting on a deeper level

There's something undeniably special about receiving a handwritten letter. It's a tangible expression of someone's thoughts and emotions, a physical connection that goes beyond the digital realm. The act of writing a letter requires time, effort, and intention, making it a meaningful gesture that shows how much you care. The effort is noticed.

Stationery that warms your heart

These letterpress cards and that WOW envelope stitching are exciting. People love receiving these therefore, I must keep ahead re-ordering so as to never run out. Comments that return warm your heart. People save them, and that pleases me greatly. As a "letter writer" I have folders on the correspondence I receive and love to re-read lines from friends. Its next best to a conversation. Thank you. Shirlj 

The health benefits of writing by hand

Did you know that writing by hand can have a positive impact on your health and well-being? It's true! Here are some of the incredible health benefits associated with the practice of writing handwritten letters, whether you send them or not:

1. Reducing stress and anxiety

Writing by hand has a calming effect on the mind. It allows you to slow down, focus on the present moment, and express your thoughts and feelings in a more deliberate way. The rhythmic motion of the pen on paper can help reduce stress and anxiety, promoting a sense of relaxation and inner peace.

2. Boosting creativity and self-expression

When you write by hand, you engage different parts of your brain compared to typing on a keyboard. This stimulates creativity and enhances self-expression. Handwritten letters provide a unique opportunity to explore your thoughts, reflect on your experiences, and express yourself in a more authentic and personal way.

3. Strengthening cognitive abilities

Writing by hand improves cognitive functions such as memory, attention, and problem-solving skills. It activates neural pathways in the brain that are not as easily stimulated by digital writing. By regularly writing handwritten letters, you can keep your mind sharp and enhance your overall cognitive abilities.

4. Fostering emotional well-being

Receiving a handwritten letter can evoke a range of positive emotions, such as joy, gratitude, and a sense of connection. These emotions have a profound impact on our well-being, boosting our mood and overall happiness. By writing letters to others, you not only bring joy to their lives but also cultivate a sense of fulfillment and purpose within yourself. We often encourage people to recognize that sending a card benefits at least two people - what if THAT goes viral? 

5. Building stronger relationships

Handwritten letters have the power to strengthen relationships. They allow for deeper, more meaningful communication, fostering a sense of intimacy and closeness. In a world where digital interactions can sometimes feel impersonal, receiving a handwritten letter shows that you value and cherish the relationship, creating a lasting bond.

Embrace the art of handwritten letters

In a time when technology dominates our lives, taking a step back and embracing the art of handwritten letters can have a transformative effect on our well-being. So, grab a pen, find some beautiful stationery, and start writing! Your health, relationships, and overall happiness will thank you.



You can always appreciate that extra effort in the note obviously handwritten by a lefty! 

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