A Case for Reviving the Lost Art of Letter Writing

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Lots of practices and hobbies from days past have seen a revival as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, from baking bread at home to roller skating for exercise. This is a case for reviving one more art form from yonder year: letter writing.

Sure, we may be in constant forms of communication these days from video to texts to phone calls to social media. But nonetheless, receiving a handwritten letter in the mail remains an incredibly special experience, one that is personal and tactile and surprising and delightful.

Sitting down to write somebody a letter requires you to be thoughtful and slow down, pause, and think about what you really want to say to a person. It’s an exercise in mindfulness, and you may find that what you write is different from the kind of thing you’d say in a text or an Instagram DM.

Plus, receiving mail is sure to feel incredible, especially when it’s not a bill. And when all is said and done, you’ll have a record of correspondence that you can look back on in the future when you reminisce about the crazy time that was the 20s.