5 Reasons Handwritten Letters Are Underrated

5 Reasons Handwritten Letters Are Underrated

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While sending quick emails and text messages is convenient, we all need to slow down. There is so much value and beauty in an original, handwritten letter. They show the person you send them to, “Hey, I am thinking about you, and I think you are important enough for the effort that goes into sending a letter.” It is a genuine way to show someone just how much they mean to you. So, here are the reasons I think we should fill up our mailboxes with something better than bills and advertisements.

1. Handwritten letters are one of a kind.

Receiving a letter is very underrated. Handwritten letters are all originals! The handwriting of someone we love is priceless. Letters can contain powerful words that can be read over and over, but only by the one who it is given to. Every single one of us has our own, unique handwriting. The letters that are individually written can be saved far beyond the lifetimes of whoever sent them. Emails and texts are stored on multiple computers and devices, whereas with a note in letter form, there is only ever going to be one original that the receiver has the privilege of keeping. Looking back and reading old letters that were sent between people in generations before us serves as a looking glass into the past. Letters can describe feelings of love and gratitude and feel like a time capsule of what was happening at that moment in time.

2. They give us a break from screens.

Nowadays, we are all so attached and dependent on our phones and screens. Writing a letter requires us to log off. Being unplugged means there is no way to switch tabs to Facebook or get into other texting conversations and become sidetracked. It pulls us deeper into our thoughts and we have the opportunity to only focus on the words that are going to be sent on to our loved ones.

3. It’s actually good for you!

Telling other people how much they mean to you, can make you realize how much love you are surrounded by and makes you feel more satisfied. Knowing that you are going to make someone else happy makes you happy too! Studies show that the giver, who expresses their appreciation, benefits through better sleep and health, has less anxiety and, overall, more life satisfaction. This creates a lasting and positive connection between the two people in the relationship.

4. Letters can serve as international connectors.

People have been communicating through snail mail as pen pals for ages. It can connect people from all over the world and help them to understand and experiencing different cultures, just through a pen and paper. Letters make us feel like we are citizens of the world, and can give us knowledge of what other cultures practice. It reminds us that although each country is unique and individual, we still have some things in common.

5. They are a tradition that has lasted for thousands of years.

Letters have stayed the same for thousands of years. The first stamped letter, just like what we have today, was sent during the reign of Queen Victoria in 1840. It was the original way to communicate, no matter how far apart two people were. It is also a great way to connect with relatives or grandparents in a way that they appreciate and are used to. My grandparents are very appreciative of all of the ways that I communicate with them, but I know that they really enjoy reading handwritten letters and getting to look back on some that I have sent them in the past. I think that this is a tradition that will eventually come to an end because of how technologically advanced we are, so we should enjoy it while we can.

Handwritten letters prove to the recipient that they are worth the time and effort that is put into buying the supplies, writing something sentimental, looking up their home address and sending it off to them. Letters confirm the importance of a relationship by showing praise, expressing gratitude and kindness in a deeper form of appreciation than a quick email. All in all, writing letters to the ones we love is so much more important than we realize, and it’s also a perfect excuse to buy some pretty stationary and pens.

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If You Wear XL T-Shirts And Shorts, You're The Woman Of My Dreams

Enough with the war on comfort!
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Comfortable can be sexy, simply put.

For some reason there are people complaining out there about the Southern college trend that has been happening the past few years: big t-shirts and shorts, also known as the "srat uniform." There seems to be a clash between the girls who dress "nice" most of the time and girls who dress for comfort. As a guy, I don't see what the big deal is?

For college in the South, there are two reasons to dress up: college football (Roll Tide) and date parties. Any other time, you can find a majority of the female population in shorts and a big t-shirt that makes it look like they're not wearing pants. As a man, I personally don't see anything wrong with this. I love being comfortable as much as the next person, and most guys find the baggy t-shirt and shorts outfit to be cute. There's always a time and place for dresses and rompers.

But for all the haters out there that call these girls in XL t-shirts and shorts lazy, you've got it all wrong.

There are 4 reasons why the girls who don the "srat uniform" have it all figured out.

1. Girls have it rough.

See, it's tough being a girl. I don't know from experience, but I hear it enough and I've seen it enough to know it's true. When girls aren't dealing with f***boys, periods or having to do their hair and makeup routinely, they are being overly criticized by our society. I think society owes girls a break, and that break comes in the comfortable baggy t-shirt and shorts.

2. Southern Not-So-Comfort(able) weather.

Also, for all of the haters, maybe y'all haven't noticed that it's hotter than Satan's balls in the South! Tight, dressy outfits and pants constrict the body and cause you to sweat. I'd rather see a dry girl in a baggy t-shirt than a girl drenched in sweat trying to look cute with her outfit.

3. Perfect doesn't exist.

It's admirable when a girl can unapologetically be herself. A girl in an XL t-shirt and shorts is a girl that is saying "yes, I may have just rolled out of bed and brushed my hair, but I'm here dammit." Social media tells us we all have to be the dolled up, most "perfect" version of ourselves all the time, so it's nice to experience that reality check.

4. Guys think it's cute, regardless.

9 times out of 10, guys in college do not care what you're wearing. Trust me, we aren't doing much better. You could probably put on a garbage bag and we still think you're cute. Any guy that dates a girl that dates a girl only because she dresses nicely all of the time is a shallow man. You're cute, you're comfortable, and that makes for a much better vibe. We all win.

So, in the battle of dressing "nice" and dressing comfortable, I think that the girls who wear an XL t-shirt and shorts chalk up a win in my record book. No, I'm not bashing on girls who have a true sense of style and wear nice clothing... that's a great thing in itself! But, this is college and there are more important things to focus on besides what we're wearing.

Ladies, wear your srat uniform with pride. Some us think it's cute :)

*I want to thank the beautiful ladies at the University of Alabama for inspiring this article.*

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Mariners Catcher Mike Marjama Puts Down His Glove To Join The National Eating Disorder Association

Mike Marjama is defying all stereotypes and speaking up for what he truly believes in.

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Mike Marjama's retirement announcement on Monday came as a shock to many, but he is pursuing much greater things now.

This past March, Mike Marjama publicly opened up about his struggles in high school with anorexia nervosa. As a wrestler, he was faced with abundant pressure to fit into a certain weight category. He was constantly having his body critiqued and compared to other individuals.

After sharing his struggles with the world, Mike Marjama received a plethora of positive feedback and support. So, he decided to work full-time with NEDA to help support individuals struggling just like he struggled.

There is an assumption in the world today that individuals with eating disorders are white, emaciated females. By speaking up, Mike Marjama is defying one of these stereotypes. He is showing that eating disorders do not have a "look" and that males can develop eating disorders, too.

Baseball has been Mike Marjama's life and he is stepping away from that to help support individuals with struggles similar to him. He is stepping away from a job paying him over $500,000 dollars a year in order to volunteer his time to work as a NEDA ambassador. Sports are a great past-time and passion, but Mike Marjama has decided at the young age of 28 to pursue something greater with his life.

I am simply in awe by the courage of this man.

The courage of this man to share his struggles.

The courage of this man to defy the stereotypes.

The courage of this man to aim for something better.

The courage of this man to serve God.

This man speaking out can result in the diagnosis and treatment of males with eating disorders worldwide. It can show men that having an eating disorder does not make them weak, but rather, admitting that they have one makes them strong.

As an individual who has suffered from anorexia nervosa, thank you, Mike Marjama.

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