The lost art of letter writing March 23 2016
In today's digital age of emails, e-cards and sending birthday wishes on Facebook, hand writing letters and greeting cards is quickly becoming a lost art.
In ancient times, very few people knew how to read and write, and notes were only sent by officials like kings, governments and the military. In those days pigeons, horses and even athletes delivered these messages.
With the invention of the printing press, books and written materials became more readily available and literacy rates increased. In Australian in 1870 for example, reading and writing was made compulsory in schools as a way to combat ignorance - seen as the key contributor to the high crime rate at the time. When the post office was invented in 1860, letter writing really took off! Then came the invention of the typewriter - the early first step towards computers and our present digital world.
Call us old fashioned, but we think there is something a little bit special about receiving a personal handwritten note or card. Who doesn't enjoy the discovery of a surprise envelope in the mailbox with your name and address scrawled in pen on the front?
Figures show that traditional Australia Post sales are in decline, a sign that we are not sending nearly enough personal notes and letters anymore. Let's bring letter writing back....
Use these tips to surprise your friends and family with a lovely card or note:
- Compliments - highlighting someone's best features, traits and abilities will always get you a few extra brownie points, and it will also make the recipient feel good about themselves. It's a win/ win situation really!
- Humour - laughter really is the best medicine, so sharing a funny joke or story is a great way to bring a smile to someone's face and brighten their day, especially if they've been having a tough time.
- Quotes - we can't all be Nobel Prize winning authors or poets, but there are a lot of famous ones around. Share your favourite quote or poem in your letter or note to help inspire and motivate, and show off your cultural side.
- Cheat - there are loads of websites and even books with example notes for occasions of all kinds. If you're really stuck, you can always try these or combine a few to give it a personal touch...
What are you waiting for? Don't wait for a special occasion. Get yourself some Aussie made cards, notepaper and pens and get writing!