It’s truly uplifting to find something personal in your letter box, especially hand-written notes. It’s not an email, or an sms - it’s a token of someone’s time. And that means a lot.
Taking a turn from the messy, high-speed world of texts and emails that just blend into the background, hand-written notes not only speak of thoughtfulness and compassion but also of elegance and class. Old-fashioned, but also timeless.
And if COVID has taught us a thing or two, it's the importance of taking a moment to reach out to the key people in our lives. So, head to your nearest Post Office, buy some stamps, and take note of all the writing opportunities you may have missed in the past.
A thank you note
If someone takes the time out of their day to do something nice for you, then you should take the time out of your day to do something nice for them. While an email or text is better than no acknowledgment at all, you will always remember the person who sent you a thank you card, because they didn't have to - but they did.
A condolence letter
In an incredibly sensitive situation, extra care is appreciated. There's nothing more compassionate than a condolence note to a grieving friend or relative letting them know they are in your thoughts.
A love letter
When it comes to expressing how you feel, modern-day communication just can't beat a tangible, pen-to-paper love note. No matter how many emojis you use. It's something they're more-than-likely going to keep forever, and that's pretty incredible.
A follow-up note
A great one for business owners, follow-up notes after meetings are a great way to solidify relationships and make you stand out as someone different who goes above and beyond the norm.
We're living through tricky times, which means that the twin virtues of kindness and care have never been more important. So, as a consequence, it's time we all started to make the effort to write to each other more and WhatsApp each other less. To make it sweeter, Australia Post have released 'When we connect, we feel better' stamps, designed to help you let someone know that you’re thinking of them. Grab two and use one to send a letter to a family member, friend, co-worker or person in need, and include the other in your envelope to make it easier for the recipient to send a response.
How to begin?
If you're jumping straight in to expert territory, personalised stationery is the coolest way to go. Otherwise, grab a bit of paper - it really doesn't matter what kind - and just let it flow. The less you overthink, the more authentic it becomes.
Staying connected with loved ones is incredibly important for their (and your) mental health. Australia Post has already helped their partner Beyond Blue deliver important mental health information to a staggering 1.4 million households since 2019, helping more people in Australia access support if and when they need it. Because when we connect, we feel better.
Australia Post knows that when we connect, we feel better. Go to auspost.com.au/mentalhealth to learn more about their commitment to mental health.
Beyond Blue provides free information, advice and support to help all people in Australia achieve their best possible mental health. For more information, visit beyondblue.org.au.