Why You Should Send a Handwritten Note Every Day This Month

When’s the last time you received a handwritten note?

Think back to that moment and how it made you feel. Pretty special, right? At the very least, it probably stood out among the dozens of electronic messages you get each week.

So here’s my kindness challenge: Write one note a day for 30 days, and send each one to an important person in your life.

Here’s why you should participate in this challenge and what you can do to get started.

Why Handwritten Notes Are Important

In today’s digital society, handwritten notes and cards are a rarity. They’ve been replaced by a sea of emails, texts, and Facebook messages. Sure, electronic communication is incredibly useful, but its efficiency is the very thing that reduces its meaning.

Handwritten notes show the recipient you really care. They’re a surprise that bring a smile to the recipient’s face. They can be displayed on fridges or fireplaces, making the recipient feel good over and over again. They can be kept in shoeboxes to be discovered and enjoyed years later.

Sure, we save emails, but do we ever go back and look at them? Do we ever hold them in our hands and remember the way we felt when we first opened and read them? With a handwritten note, you’ll brighten someone’s day. And who knows? You just might get a reply that brightens yours.

How to Crush This Note-Writing Challenge

As far as bringing kindness into the lives of others, this challenge is simple and affordable.

Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Purchase a book of stamps, a box of blank cards, and envelopes. You can even buy cards from the thrift store, though you might have to dig a bit for blank ones.
  2. Make a list of people you love, appreciate, or are grateful for. Don’t worry if you don’t have 30 people on your list to start with; you’ll think of more as you go along.
  3. Scan your list. For the recipients who live out of town, send an email asking for their addresses. If you send a group email, be sure to put all of your recipients into the “bcc” field so they can’t accidentally reply-all.
  4. Sit down and write your first note! It doesn’t have to be long or complicated or serious — just say whatever comes to mind. You can explain why you’re grateful to know them, congratulate them on a recent life event, or simply reminisce about one of your favorite memories. Seal it up, and if they don’t live nearby, stick it in the mail.
  5. The next day, do the same thing with another person on your list.

In just five minutes a day, you’ll light up the faces of 30 people who matter to you. And really, what’s better than that?

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