Modern technology makes it easier than ever for us to communicate with each other on a global scale. In addition to phone calls, the devices most of us carry around on a daily basis allow us to send texts, emails, and access a wide range of social media platforms. We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to ways of communicating with each other at the push of a button. Yet none of these modern methods are as meaningful as a handwritten letter on quality stationery, nor do they lend themselves to any care of ownership.
Writing letters to pen pals and loved ones on quality stationery was a fairly common practice even in living memory, but the advancement of technology has been so rapid and prevalent in recent years that many people now consider handwritten letters outdated or even redundant.
Here at Pemberly Fox, we see things differently. Here are some of our top reasons for reviving the lost art of letter writing and what it means to do so on high quality stationery.
Personal and the meaningful thoughts on quality stationery
You can pour your heart and soul into an email, but no digital communication will ever feel as personal or meaningful as a handwritten letter.
A person’s handwriting is as unique as their fingerprints and the curve and flick of every letter reflects the writer’s personality and emotions in a sincere and transparent way. We all understand the time and effort that it takes to write a letter by hand too, and this can give an important message even greater meaning for the recipient.
What’s more, unlike any digital communication, a letter has substance and there is nothing like quality stationery; it arrives through your door and must be physically opened and unfolded. This makes the message feel almost like a gift. You can use personalised writing paper, quality envelopes, and even perfume or cologne to heighten this effect, and even make the recipient feel like a little piece of you is there with them while they absorb your carefully chosen words.
Good for your brain
Given the ubiquity of technology and the constant barrage of digital information we’re all expected to digest on a daily basis, there’s something extremely therapeutic about allowing yourself the time and space to sit and write a letter by hand.
In fact, witting by hand actually increases neural activity in the same areas of the brain as meditation, and some studies have indicated that the action alone promotes greater creativity.
If you set up a comfortable space at home, turn off distracting devices and really focus on the process itself, it can be a highly enjoyable and beneficial experience. Be aware of your surroundings and perhaps indulge in some luxury stationery and a quality writing pen. It is important to take your time to appreciate your interaction with both as you write. This will help you be more present in what you’re doing, which in turn encourages you to better organise your thoughts. Choose your words more carefully, and ultimately you will feel greater satisfaction in the way you’ve expressed yourself.
Little pieces of history
In today’s world, most of our written communication is intangible, and therefore disposable. In this sense, modern technology has diminished communication as much as it has advanced it. But unlike an email or text, a handwritten letter is something to be cherished; a physical memento of a person’s thoughts and feelings at a moment in time. There is great joy in rediscovering letters from a loved one years later, and unparalleled profundity in reading back through the handwritten words of someone who is no longer with us.
And it’s not just letters from our own lives that have this effect. From Abraham Lincoln to Zelda Fitzgerald, the personal correspondence of historic figures are often published in book form precisely because they provide us with a far more intimate portrait of the person than history books or biographies alone ever could. The fact that the original letters are always reproduced in print rather than merely transcribed speaks to the inherent value we place on the letter itself. The handwriting, the folds in the paper, and even the discolouration are all part of the story.
Not only are handwritten letters the most personal and meaningful form of non verbal communication, writing them is good for your brain, and can allow you to leave a little piece of you behind for future generations to discover.
So whether it’s a love letter, a poem, a note of thanks, or just a message to a friend, pick up a pen today and write it by hand on some beautiful stationery.