One of the most undervalued tools out there is the postcard. We all know that writing letters is a dying art and even the act of penning anything by hand is all but lost, but a simple postcard enables you to do both without the heavy lifting a full letter seems to require.

I use postcards as a quick way to say “I’m thinking about you” in a way that is far more meaningful than an email or text. A handwritten hello takes no time at all to do, yet has an impact that far outweighs the investment. It often even inspires the recipient to write back!

To facilitate the process and make it even easier, I keep postcards everywhere – in my purse, car, notepad, briefcase, suitcase – so that if I have an extra five minutes I can dash one out and be ready to pop it in the mail. You can buy large pads of scrapbooking paper and make your own colorful 4×6 creations or buy them in bulk. Either way, it is the sentiment rather than the artwork that makes the difference.

Think of a postcard as a paper hug and send one off – frequently – to those who are dear to you. Love really can travel through the mail.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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