You all know that I love sending cards to friends and family and of course, to you guys! That’s one of the many reasons I am so excited to partner with Hallmark to share today’s post about sending happy mail. This year has been unlike many other years because we aren’t able to see our friends and family who live far away as frequently, which is why I doubled down on happy mail by sending cards weekly.
Sending cards can truly turn someone’s day around, make them feel special, supported and loved. I have frequently been sending cards to my friends that live out of state as well as family members. Not only is it a great way to disconnect from our phones (email and texts just don’t seem to cut it when we are trying to show how much we care about someone) it is also a great way for me to reflect on how important that relationship is to me.
The best feeling is hearing from a grandparent right after they receive a card from me and how it made their week. It’s crazy how that little extra effort can truly turn someone’s day around.
Here’s how I got in the habit of regularly sending cards and letters!
How to Get in The Habit of Sending Letters
- Have addresses on hand: Gather all the addresses of friends and family and store them in your phone. I know none of us really have address books anymore, so to save you the excuse of not knowing someone’s address, take the time to quickly add them to your phone.
- Buy stamps: This one may seem like a no brainer, but I always find myself without stamps. Just buy a couple of sheets and keep them on hand.
- Make the time: Set aside 10 minutes, once a week to write letters. If you have the time scheduled in your calendar you won’t forget to do this. I like to write letters on Friday evening, but maybe you want to write a note first thing in the morning. It’s always a great way to brighten my own day, and something I look forward to.
- Start building your card collection: I recommend having a few cards available at any time. These don’t need to be special occasion cards. In fact, I send way more cards that are simply to brighten someone’s day. Hallmark Good Mail recently sent me some of their cards and they are perfect to have on hand!
- Send your cards that day: There is nothing worse than letting a card sit around until it feels like it’s too late to send. Go for a walk and drop them in the mailbox.
I love the simple, sweet messages in Hallmark Good Mail cards because they allow you to say as much—or as little—as you want. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming to figure out what to write, but these cards do the hard work for you. I started sending letters four years ago because I wanted to make sure that those far away relationships that got a little less face time still felt special and that I was giving my time and attention towards them. Now, after these four years of connecting with friends and family from afar, I can say that handwritten letters really do make a difference. Cards help you create a deeper, personal connection in a world where so many things feel impersonal.
Stay connected to your loved ones by creating this new habit.
I will be sending out some happy mail this week to my mom and grandparents, who will you be sending a card to?
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