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, IM? Or do you want to be the one that sends the card, the card that gets tucked in a drawer to be read again and again? This week I want to 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." Think about that and let that sink in for a bit.

The same article also stated that handwriting helps us learn or improve our fine motor skills. We also express our emotions in writing. Writing, not typing or texting, just so we're clear here.

Time is precious in this busy fast-paced world we live in and taking the time to write someone conveys real value to the relationship. When you take the time to hand-write a card, letter or note to someone it conveys to the receiver that they are valuable to you. This is the most valuable 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 hand-write the message and the receiver gets something more meaningful in the mail thank 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 for a life event, you're sending a little piece of yourself when you can't be there in person.

Sending a card can also make you feel good. Thinking about someone? Dropping them a note in the mail can bring a smile to your face, just thinking about the smile that will be on the recipients face on the other end. I love sending "just because" cards that include an inside joke between me and the friend I'm sending it to. We all need a good laugh after all laughter is the best medicine. What's better than a surprise card in the mailbox that will make you laugh out loud when you read the note?

The value of sending cards shows the receiver they are valuable and worth the time taken, 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. Go out, buy a card and send it. Share the value with your friends, family and loved ones.