Power Of The Pen: Why We Should Write More Handwritten Notes

by Sarah Kaye Santos

Handwritten letters have gone out of style as technology has improved, and it's time we bring back the old, vanishing habit.

As technology progresses, the way in which we communicate with one another advances greatly. We can get in touch with almost anybody in a matter of a few seconds via phone call, text message or social media.

We can let people know what we're up to in 140 characters or less as soon as we hit "Tweet," update our friends about life through our Facebook statuses or shared photos and send a message to whomever we desire, just by pressing a few buttons on our cell phones.

There's no denying these advancements have been extremely convenient. They allow us to keep in better touch with people both close and far away, help us reconnect with people with whom we've lost touch and make it easier for important information to travel.

However, as advantageous as these advancements are, they've taken away the beauty of handwritten words.

We've grown so accustomed to relying on the quickest and most convenient ways possible to get in touch with one another that the practice of taking the time to handwrite a note or letter is rarely a thought that comes to mind.

And, if it does, it's using our free time to write to someone who's difficult to commit to, rather than just binge-watching Netflix or something else that requires less effort.

The act of writing a note or letter to someone is constantly lost in our efforts to stay in touch, but it's something to which we should revert back.

A handwritten note is more than just a message on a piece of paper; it's feelings and moments preserved through writing.

Handwritten notes express emotion during a given moment and capture the essence of specific time periods. Personal letters allow us to remember certain feelings — both good and bad — and are time markers in our lives.

Although when writing to someone, we give the one to whom we're writing possession of the thoughts we wrote down, it allows the person to remember what we wanted to share with him or her.

The writer may forget what he or she wrote as time passes, but at least the message was delivered to whom it was written for. That's beauty in and of itself.

Writing to people doesn't only let them know you care or you're thinking of them; letters also let people know they play important roles in your life and taking time out of your day to write to them was something you cared enough to do.

There's a certain joy and excitement that comes with receiving an envelope in the mail with your name on it.

If you write a letter to your best friends, there's a 100-percent guarantee it'll make them ecstatic, even though you probably text constantly.

Let your old boss know what you're up to, thank him or her again for the things you learned while working together and share that you're applying those skills in your everyday life.

Send a postcard to your parents if you don't live with them anymore; it'll make their day, and it'll probably be on the fridge the next time you go home. Mail letters to old friends to say hello and to relatives to greet them during holidays.

Mail should be more than just bills and advertisements. It should be greetings just to say hello, a postcard to let someone you know you're thinking of him or her, or a card wishing someone a great day, just because.

There are 365 days in a year. There must be at least one day when we can find the time to write a little.