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February 14, 2024

The Beauty of Handwritten Letters

The Beauty of Handwritten Letters

As the world is undoubtedly moving towards digital communication, handwritten letters are fast becoming a rare commodity. In fact, most people haven’t written a personal letter in years, as per a recent survey. Who has time for manual spell-check, stationery, and stamps nowadays? — a common justification for choosing the convenience of texts and emails. Yet, there’s a timeless allure to handwritten notes. And it’s premature to write off the importance of this kind of deliberate communication. 

What Makes Handwritten Letters So Special?

A Demonstration of Effort

Texts, social media messages, or emails are essentially costless. So, for one, handwritten letters mean more because they cost more. They show that you care – in more ways than the text inside. When you write a letter by hand, you invest time and thought, selecting words carefully, often pouring out genuine emotions onto the page. The effort put into handwriting a letter reflects the level of care and consideration beyond the simplicity of typing a message on a keyboard. It becomes a labor of love, an intentional expression.

A Personal Touch

Handwritten letters are a tangible expression of personal connection. Unlike the sterile uniformity of digital fonts, each pen stroke carries your unique personality. The slant of the letters, the pressure applied, and the choice of ink all contribute to a distinctive handwriting style as unique as a fingerprint. This personal touch is irreplaceable.

Emotional Resonance

Handwritten letters have an emotional resonance that digital messages often lack. The physicality of a letter makes it a keepsake, a tangible reminder of the sentiments shared between you and the recipient. Likewise, the tactile experience of receiving a handwritten letter and unfolding its pages can evoke a spectrum of emotions, from nostalgia and tenderness to excitement and joy.

A Reprieve from the Fast Pace

In a time that applauds swiftness, handwriting compels us to decelerate and focus on the present moment. As a call to slow down, the deliberate pace of handwriting enables more contemplative and purposeful communication. It also offers a therapeutic escape from the constant barrage of notifications and online distractions, allowing you to unplug from the digital world.

Tradition and History

Handwritten letters are not just personal artifacts. They are also pieces of living history. From love letters exchanged during wartime to correspondences between influential figures that shaped the course of nations, the art of writing letters has deep roots in human civilization. That’s why preserving this tradition is not just an exercise in nostalgia; it is a commitment to recognizing the cultural significance of handwritten communication. 

Thoughtful Handwritten Letters

Photo by Duet Postcriptum | Bella Grace Issue 19

Tips for Writing Thoughtful Handwritten Letters

1. Choose the Right Stationery

The choice of stationery can elevate the overall experience of a handwritten letter. High-quality paper and envelopes add a touch of elegance to your correspondence. Choose paper that not only feels good to the touch but also reflects your style. Whether it’s classic parchment, textured cotton, or a modern, minimalist aesthetic, the stationery sets the tone for the entire letter. 

2. Put in the Time and Intention

Writing a handwritten letter is a deliberate act that requires time and intention. Set aside a quiet, distraction-free moment, and let your thoughts flow onto the paper. Take your time, be patient, and let the writing process be a meditative experience. The recipient will undoubtedly feel the sincerity and effort invested in every word.

3. Personalize with Details

Make your handwritten letter more meaningful by adding personal touches. Consider including a wax seal, pressed flowers, or hand-drawn doodles. These elements make each letter a one-of-a-kind creation. Also, mention specific memories, inside jokes, or shared experiences that will resonate with the recipient. Lastly, your handwriting is a personal and distinctive element that adds character to your letters, so embrace your unique handwriting style.

4. Experiment with Calligraphy

If you’re feeling adventurous, consider practicing calligraphy. Whether you opt for traditional or modern calligraphy styles, the elegant flourishes and artistic lettering can transform your handwritten letter into a work of art.

5. Embrace Imperfections

One of the beauties of handwritten letters lies in their imperfections. Embrace the occasional smudges, crossed-out words, and uneven lines as evidence of the letter’s authenticity. Perfection is not the goal. It’s the sincerity and effort that make the letter truly special.

The Beauty of Handwritten Letters

Photo by Alvaro Serrano | Bella Grace Issue 16

Things to Tuck Inside a Letter

There is such joy in walking to the mailbox, opening it, and finding a handwritten letter from a friend or loved one inside. Imagine opening that letter and, in addition to the thoughtful note, noticing a tiny little treasure tucked inside. Have you ever considered what small, flat objects you can include in your letter?

  1. Confetti 
  2. Flower seeds
  3. Photographs
  4. Vintage postage 
  5. Foreign currency with a beautiful design
  6. Iron-on patches
  7. Stickers
  8.  Tea bags

Explore the rest of this list in Bella Grace Issue 32.

 

So, how long has it been since you last gave someone a handwritten letter?

Discover more ways to savor life’s simple joys, embrace mindful moments, and find inspiration in Bella Grace magazine.

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Comments ( 4 )

  1. Barbara White

    February 15, 2024 at 4:55 pm

    I loved this and appreciate the time taken to remind us of the value of handwritten letters. I also loved the tips provided. I used to get such joy in writing letters to my friends and receiving them. It was like getting a gift which is what it truly is. 💖

  2. Kimberly Johnston

    March 6, 2024 at 12:49 pm

    Thank you for the reminder of the value of letter writing. I started writing letters as a little girl, with my mom, at the farmhouse kitchen table. She would be sending an airmail letter and I would ask if I could write a letter. She had a small stash of writing notes/paper-nothing compared to todays options. When I was finished, my mom would check my letters for spelling and grammar.
    I eventually got a penpal from England! (Considering my mom sent her letter to England…… 😉). It was such fun to share our stories.
    To this day I write a letter almost every week. It takes me back to those heartfelt moments with my mom ❤️

  3. ambie

    March 19, 2024 at 10:11 pm

    Thank you so much. I needed this reminder of the joy and beauty and love that letter writing can be for the writer and the recipient. I am eagerly anticipating the whole experience of writing and sending a handwritten letter to some friends.
    God Bless Y’all

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