Think back to the last time you received a hand-written letter in the mail.
Felt pretty good, right?
Whatever the message, there’s something special about pen on paper written just for you.
Problem is, hand-written letters are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Just last week, Hallmark announced plans to lay off 300 people at one of its plants due to a lack of demand for paper products.
Sure, the Internet makes it easy to express how we feel. But sometimes a quick Gchat convo isn’t enough.
That’s why all of us need these two old-timey communication tools:
1. greeting cards
Just by having those things nearby, you will never have to skip on a life moment that deserves a note by hand.
– Congratulating a friend/family on graduation or the birth of a child
– Sending along sympathies when a close friend loses a loved one
– Thanking someone for a gift or for doing you a huge favor
– Following up on a crucial job interview to help ‘seal the deal’
Too often, we don’t send hand-written notes simply because we don’t have them lying around.
For a batch of greeting cards, try here. All you need are ones with your name or a simple design. That way, they will be appropriate for any occasion, happy or sad. Then, snag a book of 20 stamps here or head to a local pharmacy like CVS.
We’re not writing actual notes to save the paper industry — and the USPS — from extinction.
It’s about preserving what it means to send someone a hand-written note. It shows you’re willing to go the extra mile in a world that no longer requires you to do so.
That simple gesture can have a deep impact on the person who receives your note in the mail. It could be a good friend who graduated from college or even a boss reviewing resumes in a highly competitive job search.
Yes, the act of writing a letter may feel like a chore, but everyone loves to get one in the mail.
Just remember how a hand-written note made you feel.
A card, a stamp and five minutes of your time. That’s all it takes.
October 2, 2012
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