Bring Back Handwritten Notes

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Remember the days when handwritten notes were the norm? When your parents would sneak a little “Have a great day!” into your lunch box; when your friends would pass you a “GUESS what Chrissy just told me” in the hallway, folded up in one of those cool paper triangles? Handwritten notes always warm my heart, even if it’s just a piece of paper my roommate hung by the front door that says:

Roommate note

With people becoming more and more environmentally conscious and the ever-growing use of digital versus paper, handwritten notes seem to be less and less prevalent – which makes them all-the-more impactful. A note can be very personalized and can really strengthen your bond with the other person – not to mention it will absolutely brighten their day.

I always like to cut up pieces of thin cardboard from packaging, like cereal boxes, and write on the blank backside. When you put this new use to something that would have otherwise been discarded, you’re helping the environment and making someone smile.

I say we all make an effort to bring back handwritten notes. It doesn’t have to be all the time, and it doesn’t have to be much. Just a few words here and there, left in an unsuspecting spot for your favorite people to discover. Positivity feeds positivity and, in my opinion, that’s what life is all about.

French handwritten note

Tomatoes, handwritten noteNote on window

Handwritten note, stay warm

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Comments

Charlotte -August 12, 2013, 7:25AM

I so agree with this! There’s something so special about finding an old note & remembering exactly where you were when you first read it with a smile. That said, this story about a French woman who posted a letter to her late boyfriend online is so beautiful: http://www.worthwakingupfor.co.uk/2013/07/a-love-letter.html

Beth C -August 12, 2013, 7:31AM

When my husband goes out of town, I write lots of little notes and hide them throughout his bag. I imagine him finding the throughout his trip… And it makes me smile! I’m on-board with bringing hand-written notes for sure :)

Juliette Laura -August 12, 2013, 9:38AM

I adore leaving notes. My roommates and I would always give each other notes, whether it was hiding on their pillow, on their shoe, in their closet, or on the door, it is always such a nice surprise!

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Bret -August 12, 2013, 9:58AM

My favorite gift to give (and most meaningful in my opinion) is a nice and long letter of why I love someone and describing the wonderful pieces of their soul. My usual language of love is buying things for people, so it feels nice to step outside of that with a handwritten letter. Thanks for your insight!

lexi -August 12, 2013, 11:23AM

most mornings when i leave for work i leave a little note for my boyfriend to wake up to!

Brianne -August 12, 2013, 12:11PM

My friend and I always write notes to each other in math class. They could be quotes from our favorite movies or inside jokes that never grow old and we just laugh together. When a handwritten note brings that much joy into a few minutes of your day, it’s priceless moment that you can keep forever. I keep all my notes because i love memories and the more i can hold on to them, the better i can relive them! Thank you and power to the handwritten note! <3

Megan -August 12, 2013, 1:40PM

I miss getting notes from friends in school…aw the good ole days! I actually have a shoe box full of old letters, as does my cousin…we found them the other day and it was so much fun to read all the goofiness we wrote about, and how serious is probably was then.. (:

Joanna -August 12, 2013, 4:17PM

I love these notes, they’re so cute & I agree they should be brought back!xx

Shelley -August 12, 2013, 10:37PM

This is so lovely and romantic. I’m a teacher and these days usually the students just text each other. There really is something special about a handwritten note.
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Aisling -September 12, 2013, 10:09AM

I love this blog! I love to put notes everywhere. I do it at the library all the time. I write a little on a note, then stick it in a book, or lay it on the counter! I also do this around town. I looked up creative inspiration in google, and this came up. I am a huge fan or Rumi, and his quotes, so when I saw the quote on the main page I was instantly in love. that has been one of my favorite quotes for a long time! not to mention my friend and I have been trying to complete (and make up) our bucket list all summer! lol! this is a great site, and I love to leave notes everywhere! keep up the good work! you are defiantly impacting lives!

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