10 January 2022

The Value of Cards & Sending Them

There are roughly millions of ways to communicate with each other. Do you want to be just another email, text, DM, or IM? Or do you want to be the one that sends the card, the card that gets tucked in a drawer or a keepsake box, to be pulled out and reread again and again? Let's talk about the value of buying and sending greeting cards.

According to this article from The Art File, cards are "still considered by most as the truly effective way of telling someone you really care." Read that again. Cards are considered the most effective way to tell someone you really care, just let that sink in for a bit.

The same article stated that handwriting helps us learn or improve our fine motor skills. Writing is intimate and personal, we express our emotions. Just so we're clear we're talking about writing, as in with pen and paper, not typing or texting.

Time is precious in this busy fast-paced world we live in and taking the time to write to someone conveys real value to the relationship. When you take the time to handwrite a card, letter, or note to someone it conveys to the receiver that they are valuable to you. This is the most meaningful part of sending cards to friends, family, and loved ones.

Handwritten notes create a more personalized experience for both the sender and receiver. Ponder that, you took the time to find the perfect card and handwrite the message and the receiver gets something more meaningful in the mail than the usual junk and bills. The card is something tangible that can be held, reread, and shown to friends and family. The receiver will most likely hang on to it for years to come.

When you send a card you are sending an emotional piece of yourself. Whether you're sending condolences for a loss or congrats on a life event, you're sending a little piece of yourself when you can't be there in person. Sending a card can also release endorphins, causing you to feel joy or comfort.

Thinking about someone? Dropping them a note. Thinking about the smile that will be on the recipient's face on the other end can brighten your day as well as theirs. I love sending "just because" cards and including a little inside joke that I share with the friend I'm sending it to. What's better than a surprise card in the mailbox that will make you laugh out loud when you read the note? We all need a good laugh, after all, laughter is the best medicine.

Sending cards shows the receiver they are valuable and worthy of the time taken to write the note.  It gives a personalized experience for sender and receiver, sends an emotional piece of yourself, and evokes feelings that aren't necessarily present with less personal methods of communication.  Share the value with your friends, family, and loved ones. Brighten their day with an unexpected note.

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