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Five Really Good Reasons To Send Christmas Cards

Christmas Cards

Will you send cards this Christmas?

Thinking of ditching the Christmas cards this year and sending emails instead? Do you know how many emails are sent every day?  205 billion, that’s how many.  Office workers receive an average of 121 emails every day.   Even our personal inboxes are full of Social Media notifications and sales emails from companies we don’t really care about.  Most of them go unopened.  Those that are opened are usual unremarkable.   We delete them with a click of a mouse and forget about them.

Christmas Cards
The first commercially produced Christmas Card 1843

Email Greetings

You want to send your Christmas wishes by email?  Sure, it saves money, and yes there’s a valid environmental concern too.  And it saves time too.  And isn’t that just the point?  We want to think that our friends think about us.  Maybe only occasionally.  Maybe only as much as bothering to write our name and address.  But certainly more than being part of an email mailing list.

Christmas Cards

There’s lots of reasons why people don’t send cards – maybe they’re skint, or ill, or they have lots going on, or they’re out of the country at the crucial time.  But don’t be that friend that didn’t send cards because you couldn’t be arsed!

Five Reasons to Send Christmas Cards

  1. The Personal Touch. Everyone wants to cared about.  Sending a card says you thought about your friend.  You thought about them enough to find your address book.  And spend money on a stamp.  That’s enough to warm the cockles of someone’s heart.
  2. Everyone likes to receive cards. Look how many cards I’ve got on my mantelpiece.  I must be REALLY loved.  If you send, you will receive.
  3. Cards = Happiness. Knowing you are cared about increases your happiness.  Spread happiness.  Especially for people who are isolated, or who don’t use social media.
  4. Don’t lose touch. It would be so easy to never ever speak to a cousin or a great aunt or your old mate from school.  Stay in touch with a Christmas card and a personal note.
  5. You can’t delete cards. Yeah you can throw them away.  Or even better, recycle them for next year’s gift labels.  But they are hanging around for a couple of weeks.  Reminding you that people care and like you.  Email cards don’t do that.

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Thinking of You Week – send a card to a friend 26 Sept – 2 Oct

Thinking of You Week

We all love receiving cards.  And we all love to know someone’s thinking of us.  So, we’re really happy to be taking part in Thinking of You Week next week.

Thinking of You Week was founded by the Greetings Card Association.  Yeah yeah, see we’ve woken up the cynics amongst you now!  But get this: loneliness is one of the biggest dangers to our health.  It is now recognised as a serious threat.

All on our ownsome

And it’s not just older people who feel lonely.  The Office of National Statistics recently found that 60% of 18-34 year old Brits often feel lonely.

Mind says “Being alone is not the same as being lonely”.  Loneliness is about social connections.  How much we need those connections varies from person to person.  But we all need them.

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Here comes the science

Neuroscientist Professor Jonathan Haidt believes the brain only functions properly when it’s connecting with other brains.  Woo, that’s a bit … Dr Who isn’t it?  It makes sense when he explains it though.  We’re evolved to be social creatures.  That’s how we keep safe – kinda like a shoal of fish.  If we’re on the edge, we’re more vulnerable.  “Our brains go into self preservation mode” says the Professor.  We become more aggressive and anxious.

But don’t rely on numbers.  It’s all about closeness.  “It’s whether you feel isolated.  The brain’s not sitting there counting people.”

So don’t be thinking 500 friends on Facebook is going to stop anyone being lonely.  Quality over quantity.  Having someone to share your feelings with.  Having people that “get” you.

Ironically, its just when you really need those connections that you find they’re not there.  People seem to disappear when there’s a crisis.  We get anxious around other people’s crises.  We don’t know what to say.  We worry we’ll have to get too involved.  We have a feeling their sadness will rub off on us.  But it doesn’t have to be like that.  It can be just letting someone know you’re still there.

Thinking of You

So, Thinking of You Week not sounding so cynical now is it?  Go on, send a card to a friend.  Make sure they know they’re still in your gang.

Facebook competition

We’re running a little competition over on our Facebook page.  Tell us why your friend should get a card.  We’ll chose the best one next week and send them a card on your behalf.  And what’s more, it will be one of our delux limited edition gold foiled Thinking of You Cards.  A little sparkle for someone who needs it.

 

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