“Personal communication through letters and cards stimulates better all around health in the receiver.”
Why do we place so much importance in receiving mail? Unlike so much of mass communication today, it is personal, like two people meeting. Also, there is its uniqueness. Another individual has crafted words just for you. To you as the receiver it is reader-friendly: you can read it anytime you choose and as often as you want.
There is also considerable importance for the sender as well. A handwritten note is a sure means of saying personally, “I’m thinking of you.” Your written words are an expression of your thoughts and display your unique personality. And it is sender-friendly, allowing you to communicate when you’re ready.
Current research is revealing what we letter likers have known all along personal communication through letters and cards stimulates better all-around health in the receiver.
With a little practice and determination you’ll do a fabulous job. Here are a few pointers to follow:
- Carry stamped pre-addressed postcards or stationery in your pocket or purse.
- Obtain picture postcards you feel others will enjoy.
- Write messages for a spouse or friend while waiting in traffic, at a bank drive-up window, or white at a doctor’s or dentist’s office and while riding a bus, train, or plane,
- Make your own cards by using stickers, rubber stamps, and color marking pens. Paste clipped magazine pictures, cartoons, printed jokes, proverbs, quotes, or colorful cloth to the backside.
- Express your thanks for the recipient, what they’ve done, and why they’re important to you and others.
- Personalize envelops by enclosing small items such as a flower, packet of sugar, leaf, matchbook cover, or photograph.
- Show appreciation for your relationship as a friend or loved one.
- Suggest something they can anticipate, such as the two of you going out to lunch or to an event.
- Include an appropriate Bible verse.
- Tell what you’re been doing.
- Explain the process of plans coming together.
- Share a new bit of information of mutual interest.
- Enclosing a self-addressed stamped card for the recipient to respond.
- Sending a strip of stamps for then to use on their envelops.
Do you worry about whether what you’re sending is appreciated or accomplishing what you hope? The real test is to send to others what you would like to have them send to you. that way both you and the receiver will be mutually encouraged.