Recent statistics gathered by Deutsche Post DHL have shown that millennials don’t write letters, but they love receiving them. This means that we have a lot of people out there whose day would be made a whole lot better by receiving a note. All you need to do is sit down for ten minutes with a pen and a notecard.
However, the same survey revealed that 40% of millennials surveyed have never, ever written a letter. If you come under that bracket, and you’re unsure where to start, then we don’t blame you!
It doesn’t need to be difficult, or time-consuming. It can actually be quite therapeutic. If you’re reading this and thinking that you haven’t sent a letter in a while, then here are 5 examples of letters you can write today.
Just don’t forget to pop them in the post!
Don’t Write Letters? Here Are 5 To Get You Started!
1- A Birthday Card
How often have you been informed by Facebook that it’s a friend or relative’s birthday, and written a cute message or shared a photo on their timeline?
Social media may make it easy to remember a birthday, but it also makes it easy to cop out of sending a card. You can share your message instantly.
Why not have a quick look through your Facebook upcoming events and see when your friends’ birthdays are? Make a note, slyly get ahold of their address, and take the time to choose and write a little handwritten card. The effort will be worth it when you see how chuffed they are that you remembered.
2- A Friend Who’s Far Away
Friends and relatives who live far away are the perfect people to send letters to. You might typically catch up on the phone or social media but often these catch-ups can become few and far between, especially if you are also dealing with a time difference.
Coming up with something to write doesn’t need to be difficult when you are writing to someone in a different place to you. If writing doesn’t come naturally to you, then there are still plenty of topics you could start with.
Write about: what’s new in your town or city, your plans for the weekend, how your day is going, the things you can see from wherever you are sitting.
Getting started is the only part that’s difficult. Soon enough you’ll be filling sheets.
3- A Postcard
You don’t need to be on holiday to send a postcard. Be a tourist in your own town, get a postcard and write to a friend about your day out.
Not got enough people to write to? Postcrossing is a website which allows you to send and receive postcards from all over the world. The best part? It’s a complete surprise! As soon as someone receives a card from you, you will be next in line for a delivery.
4- A Letter to a Stranger
This one doesn’t even need a stamp. Write a lovely letter full of encouraging thoughts, and leave it on a bus, train, cafe table.
The whole idea is simply to brighten someone’s day. Simply write on the envelope: if you have picked up this letter, then it’s for you!
5- A Letter Just Because
Once you’ve gotten into the swing of handwritten letters, you’ll know that they don’t need to wait for a special occasion! If there’s someone you haven’t seen in awhile, why not send them a letter with a date for coffee?
We hope this post gets you in the mood for some good, old-fashioned letter-writing. The more you write, the more likely you are to receive. We hope you have lots of lovely letters arriving on your door mat very soon.