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How to Spread Love on National Send a Card to a Friend Day

Is sending cards a lost art? Does anyone bother sending messages on paper anymore or is that outdated and no longer useful? Why send a card when it’s easier to send an email or text?

Have you ever heard of “National Send a Card to a Friend Day”? Well – it does exist and in 2024, it is on February 7 – so you still have time to send a card to a friend. Sending cards shows that you have taken time out of a busy schedule to think about that person and send them a thoughtful message. Warmth and companionship, love and kindness, can all be conveyed with the written word and put in black and white and given to someone who may enjoy your words over and over again.

Reasons to send cards:

  • Apologies
  • Celebrations
  • Get well wishes
  • Thoughts of missing you
  • Thank you’s
  • Cheerfulness
  • Gratitude

Where texts and emails can be written and erased, cards that are purchased or made, personalized and then sent take more time and care and the message with them usually has more time and care along with it. Here are some reasons why sending a card to a friend is still a good idea and one that will help spread joy and love and increase happiness.

National Send a Card Day

Why Send a Card?

  • Demonstrates thought – whether you buy a card or make your own, there is thought that goes into the card you choose that will not be lost on the receiver
  • Write from the heart – sometimes it’s easier to write messages than to say them out loud
  • You can add photos or anything to the envelope – some old photos are not digitized
  • Strengthen your relationships –showing you care enough to make the effort will help strengthen your relationship
  • It shows you care to take the time – sometimes spending time with someone – or sending a message to someone – is a tangible way to show you care
  • Show encouragement – sending a card with encouraging or inspirational words can help uplift someone’s spirits or help them get through a tough time

Ripples of Love

Cards can create lasting memories with people who are important in your life. Personalizing a message and sending it to a friend will help strengthen your bond while showing they are a special part of your life.

Showing gratitude for friendship creates a ripple effect that can be carried forward to others. Spreading love through sending cards is one way to create a wave of happiness that can encourage others to send caring thoughts as well and keep the wave of happiness moving forward. So this week, take the time to send a card to a friend in your life and watch the ripple of happiness begin – for you and for them.

For more inspiration on giving, check out the 365give blog or read these past posts:

15 Ways to Increase Generosity and Happiness this Year

3 Simple Steps to Creating a Social Media Algorithm from Fear to Love

Tammy Lawrence

Tammy was born and raised on the North Shore of Vancouver and has always believed in supporting the community. She spent years in non-profit work advocating for girls and women in sport and physical activity and then moved on to fundraising for Big Sisters. She currently works from home as a freelance writer while raising her kids. Always passionate about children and youth and giving back to the community, Tammy found a perfect fit with 365give.

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