Technology makes it effortless to offer condolences on someone's Facebook wall, congratulate an acquaintance upon a new job through a LinkedIn message, or tweet a #thanks.
But what about taking the time to write a handwritten note? Well yes, for me, spell check can be a problem but when I think about how the recipient will feel when they receive an envelope from me it makes the effort worth it.
Today I wrote a sympathy card, a note of congratulations for a new job, and a thank you for a recommendation written on LinkedIn. All could have easily been done on through social media channels but the effort of a handwritten note is a tangible and lasting expression of my genuine sympathy, congrats, and gratitude. I keep a stash of note cards for all occasions, though most are generic for any circumstance.
Next time you start to write on someone's Facebook wall or send an email, consider grabbing a notecard and pen. The only barrier might be locating exactly where you tucked the stamps.