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Personal letters and cards make words palpable. They convey thoughts and moods, elicit happiness and create bonds. Between the lines of the message, you are telling your recipient: “I’ve taken time for you, you mean something to me.” That’s not something you’d associate with platforms such as WhatsApp, SMS, Instagram or Snapchat, let alone with messages you might have written and sent in a hurry on the way to catch a tram or between two meetings. And let’s not forget the feeling you get when you find mail in your letter box that doesn’t look like a bill. Priceless. The sense of excitement grows and you wonder who might have written to you.

No doubt about it: personal mail is magical and emotional all at the same time. When you exchange personal mail, you deepen your relationship with people dear to you – you open up and reveal your inner self. As German writer Karl Ferdinand Gutzkow so aptly put it: “Even after many years of personal acquaintance, we often only truly get to know people through our correspondence with them.”

Surely that encourages you to pick up a pen and paper?

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