Meaningful personal connections have always been essential to wellness. And while communicating through texts and emails is undeniably fast and convenient, is it truly personal? Today, handwritten letters and notes are surging in popularity as friends and loved ones look for more authentic ways to connect during times of separation. A new year is an ideal time to rediscover the many benefits of writing and all the ways it can close the space between us.
A RESOLUTION TO WRITE
First, set a plan to reach out to the special people in your life on a regular schedule. Your goal may be to mail one handwritten letter or note per week or even per month – choose whatever timing suits you best. We suggest devoting a traditional paper calendar to your new writing goals and map it out with names and dates. Take time to consider all the people who make your life meaningful – mentor, lifelong friend, grandchild, neighbor, local business owner, or perhaps someone you’ve lost touch with over the years.
TOOLS FOR CREATIVITY
A handwritten letter is a gift all its own – a tangible, real keepsake to be saved, treasured and reread. You create a memorable experience with your choice of stationery, pen, ink color, handwriting style – even the envelope and stamp. Each element contributes to the uniquely exciting experience of receiving a hand-addressed surprise in the mail. So experiment with elegant handmade paper and cards or special stationery embossed with your monogram. And be sure to savor the moment by reserving a finely crafted pen exclusively for your letter writing sessions.
MAKE A PERSONAL CONNECTION
When it comes to composing your letters, you may not be sure where to begin. Simply start from the heart. Keep it simple and true. Reminisce about a shared memory. Relate a funny story or say thank you for a kind gesture. Update someone about a recent adventure or ask your recipient for advice. Encourage people to write back and share their latest news. Maintain the momentum of letter writing and enjoy the lasting connections you make. Remember, you don’t need a reason to write. Feel free to put pen to paper even for a quick hello. The beauty of the handwritten word is that it benefits both the writer and reader. Anytime, anywhere.
CHOOSE THE BEST PEN FOR A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE
Cross Ballpoints are a great basic. Writers with a firm hand pressure tend to prefer the flow of the ballpoint tip. They lay down dry, long-lasting ink, which is ideal for extended writing sessions. And because the ink stays protected when retracted, ballpoints are easy to carry while traveling, and always on hand for those postcards.
Cross Rollerballs provide a notably smooth and fluid writing experience with very little hand pressure. The gel-based ink dries quickly, prevents smudging and resists fading, which helps preserve the quality of your saved letters over time. Bonus: you can vary your writing style by converting our rollerballs to a ballpoint or felt-tip pen just by switching the refill.
Cross Fountain Pens transform every act of writing into a luxurious occasion. The hand-polished nib flexes slightly to adapt to your unique grip and hand motions, so a fountain pen will start to feel like it’s custom made. The writing experience feels important and satisfyingly tactile, connecting you to every meaningful stroke of the pen.