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Words to Warm the Heart: Why We Should Bring Back Letter Writing

Nowadays, it seems that no matter where you look, almost everyone is constantly busy texting away on their phones or slipping into someone’s “DM.” As easy as it would be to send a text to someone, those short-form words just don’t seem to carry the same weight as they would in person or through a letter.

That’s the thing about technology. While the purpose of these new forms of media and electronics may be to make our lives easier, it has the ability to make communicating in the real world a bit more difficult. In today’s fast moving society, communicating with others quickly and simply seems like everyone’s go-to; it can feel so much easier to reply to someone in short form or slang. However, after continuing to communicate in the same style for a long time, we end up having our vernacular based around the way we text. We end up losing sight of what it’s like to really be able to communicate how we’re feeling or what we’re thinking in our truest form.

Words have immense power and taking some time out of your day for someone else not only benefits the person you are writing to, but also ends up putting you in a better mood (and helps you work on your writing skills too!) We’re only given so much time in our lives, so it’s important to make the most of every moment and use our words to do so. Be true to who you are and how you’re feeling. Let your best friend, relative or anyone who has made an impact on your life know how much they mean to you through a letter. It’s a great way to spread positivity and is an easy way to brighten someone’s day this holiday season. Now, you might be thinking that you’re not the kind of person who’d be into writing letters, but it doesn’t have to be as difficult as you think it might be.

Create the way you want to. You can either go to your local Hallmark or Papyrus and pick out a cute card or, if you’re feeling artsy, make your own card! Then fill that card as much as you’d like! When writing a letter, there’s no set guidelines. You can write your letter as if you were speaking to them. Make those inside jokes. Be as cheesy as your heart desires. You can even spill your guts out! The best part is, the recipient is the only person who’s going to get that letter. There’s no need to worry about accidentally sending the text to the wrong person. Just write until you’ve said what you want to say, seal it in an envelope and you’re ready to send that letter.  

The holiday season is here, so this is the best time to show your appreciation to your loved ones or let your squad know how happy you are to have them around. While the weather outside may be getting chillier, sending “snail mail” is the perfect way to warm hearts. Handwritten letters are an unexpected party in an envelope, so why not join in on the fun?

Allie Manalili is a freshman at Montclair State University. In the pursuit of spreading her love of all things art, Allie is majoring in Visual Arts with a concentration in School and Community settings. When she's not on campus, you can almost always find her arms full with a stack of books at the local bookstore, scouting out a new brunch place, or even adventuring to new heights on a hike. Along with being a Contributing Writer for Her Campus Montclair, she is also an Admissions Ambassador, and is excited to see where the next four years take her.
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