The Power of the Handwritten Letter

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The Power of the Handwritten Letter.  

In 2010 Letters to Juliet came to our screens and quickly became a hit, grossing over £53,000,000, But what makes this story so powerful? Is it because it encompasses an age-old love story in a modern setting? Or the cheesy ending we all saw coming, yet still adored? Perhaps it is because, even in today’s digital world, a handwritten letter is still an extremely powerful thing.

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Based on a real-life tradition, the film introduces us to the Secretaries of Juliet; volunteers who offer their time to answer letters to Juliet seeking advice on love and relationships. Many letters have even been mailed to Juliet’s wall, allowing the Secretaries to help people who perhaps can’t afford to travel all the way to Italy for answers.  Every year the 5th and 6th of September are celebrated days throughout Verona in homage to Juliet’s birthday.

Power of the handwritten letter

The Psychological Effect of Handwritten Letters

A study was carried out at London Metropolitan University, measuring the emotional reaction to both e-mail and handwritten letters. The results showed that recipients of the handwritten letter felt more engaged and impacted, believing that letters feel more honest to us than e-mails. Other findings from the study showed that people find e-mails less trustworthy or believable.

It seems that knowing that someone has taken the time to handwrite a letter in today’s digital world has a much greater effect on us than we might think.

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Changing Lives One Letter At a Time

There are many ways to feel the powerful effect handwritten letters can have. Here are our top three ways that you can get involved:

‘Open When’ Letters

What you will need:
Paper and Pen, Brown Envelopes, String, Stamp (optional)

Choose one of your friends and write letters that they can open when they are in different moods. As a starting point you could write letters to be opened when: they have had a bad day, need cheering up, are sick etc. Alternatively you could write one week’s worth of letters that they can open every morning to get their day started. Decorate them to make them even more special.

The World Needs More Love Letters

What you will need:
Pen and Paper, Envelope, Printer

Keep your eye on the ‘The World Needs More Love Letters’ website, where people request a letter to help take their mind off things such as physical and mental illness and loneliness. Write a letter by the designated deadline and send it off to the address specified in each request, to help a total stranger have a good day. love letters
You Are Beautiful

What you will need:

Pen and Paper, Card Blank, Envelope, Ribbon, Stamp

This is the quickest and most simple way to get involved in using the power of handwritten letters. All you have to do is write the words ‘you are beautiful’, put it in an envelope and label it ‘read me.’ On your daily travels, simply drop it on the ground or leave it on the bus or train for someone to find. Then sit back and bask in the knowledge that your small act will have a tremendous effect on someone.


At Cult Pens they have everything you need to get you going on this letter writing, life-altering journey, and they would love to have a part in helping you to change the world; one letter at a time. Go and check them out.

Bye for now xx


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  1. Snickelfritz
    19th January 2016 / 9:00 pm

    These are beautiful ideas. With Valentine's Day coming up, I am going to try to write letters to all those I love. Thanks for the ideas.

  2. Beth
    19th January 2016 / 2:23 am

    I love receiving letters but it is so rare. It is interesting that I would read this now because I was thinking about writing and mailing letters to random people in my life and you also provided some good ideas.

  3. Angie
    16th January 2016 / 2:19 pm

    I use to write letters often but have fallen into the email trap.You have offered some lovely ideas. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Jolana
    15th January 2016 / 4:45 pm

    This post is really wonderful. Thank you! Jolana

  5. Sharon K
    14th January 2016 / 5:05 pm

    just lovely – thanks for this.

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