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The Lost Art of Writing a Letter

When was the last time you wrote a letter? A handwritten, well-considered piece with no mistakes… in the age of email and smartphones it’s probably not something you have done for a long time – even years! But are we losing sight of something that was a once cherished artform?

Why write a letter? 

Receiving a letter in the post is mostly exciting – unless it’s from the tax man! But generally speaking, a hand-written letter or postcard is a sign of a an update from a friend, family member, or even a romantic connection.

Here at Cotswold & Stuart we are advocates of keeping letters in the postal system, and we would love to see this practice being continued for years to come. This means we all have a duty to encourage our children or the younger generations to keep writing letters.

An Exercise in Mindfulness 

Taking time away from screens, and focusing on a wholesome activity has positive effects on your state-of-mind and mental health. Sitting down to consider the content of a written letter is a good way to switch off from modern day issues. personally, I’d always recommend making a brew and taking the time to create a beautiful message to a loved one. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Write a note to your kids with recent developments and memories for them to read when they’re older.
  2. Write to your parents/grandparents – they will remember and surely appreciate receiving something from you.
  3. Find a penpal – you could learn about things in a different country or culture. Have a look at https://www.globalpenfriends.com/ for an example of how easy it is to sign up and get started.

Is Royal Mail Doing Enough to Encourage Letter Writing? 

Royal Mail recently commented that the reduced volumes of letters sent has driven their recent price increase. But surely there’s an argument to suggest that a lower-price stamp would encourage sending letters as postcards if it was more cost effective? If letter volumes decline further, will Royal Mail even have a future?

There is a movement to lobby Royal Mail to promote the art of letter-writing. Take a look at @letterappsoc on Instagram for ideas and more reasons to support this movement.

Don’t forget You’ll Need Envelopes and Stamps!

We have a lots of amazing Cotswold & Stuart envelope designs – usually reserved for our First day Covers – but we do have drawers full of blank envelopes that we will be adding to our website regularly.

Browse here

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