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Simple Pleasures: Put Pen to Paper

Do you remember the last handwritten note you received? I’m willing to bet you do (even if it was some time ago), because even a few handwritten lines tend to feel so much more meaningful than an email or text. It really doesn’t take much more effort, once you are in the habit of doing it, yet most of us do it so rarely these days I say it’s high time we revived the lost art of the handwritten note. Sitting down to write a note forces you to think about what you want to say before you say it, helping avoid email regret (it’s so easy to click Send), and you’ll communicate a heartfelt message in a more personal way than is possible with digital mediums. Here you’ll find tips on note writing, including choosing your tools and setting up a writing corner, plus writing inspiration and even details on a modern version of pen pals for grownups.
Postcrossing: pen pals for grown-ups. Half the fun of corresponding is the anticipation of receiving an actual pen-and-paper note in return. Sadly, not all friends or family members are likely to share the same enthusiasm for the written word. If you find your mailbox a bit emptier than you would like, consider joining Postcrossing, a project that allows people around the world to send and receive real postcards. Once you sign up, you will receive an address of another Postcrosser to send a postcard to. Once that person has received a postcard from you, you will be in the pool to receive a postcard from someone else. The addresses selected are random, but Postcrossers are known to develop pen pal friendships with other members from time