These days it is incredibly simple to communicate with someone by making a call, writing an email, or chatting on a social networking site.  However, there are very good reasons to write a letter once in a while, especially to a loved one.

If you are away from home for any length of time, emotions such as loneliness can creep up on you out of nowhere.  You may miss home terribly and not be able to fully appreciate where you are.  Writing or receiving a letter can help alleviate these feelings.

A letter may seem like an old-fashioned form of communication for the twenty-first century, but it is exactly this fact which makes it charming.  It takes much more effort to pick up a pen and write than it does to tap away on your phone or computer for a few minutes.  The whole act of writing is more intimate than modern technology because the reader can see your unique handwriting and has something tangible in her hands.  On top of that, finding an envelope, buying a stamp, and posting the letter also takes time and effort.

There is great comfort to be had in receiving a letter, and you can keep it and reread it whenever you like.  In years to come, it will make you smile.

It may be that you start to write each other letters more frequently, in which case there is the added excitement and anticipation of waiting for the next one.  Also, have fun with your letters by including quotes, pictures, photos, or anything that will help you demonstrate how much the other person means to you.  As more and more of the world moves online, it is these simple things that can mean the most to someone.  Just make sure you write down any addresses you might need before you leave home.

Some ideas to make your letter extra special include using different colored pens for different pages, drawing a simple picture to add comedic or romantic value (after all, a picture paints a thousand words), attaching ribbons or glitter to the paper, or even adding a little game or quiz to the end, if this is something you do when you are at home together.  You want to remind the person how special he is to you, and that you are sending him good thoughts and vibes across the distance between the two of you.

In terms of the words themselves, you can’t go wrong if you write from the heart.  Don’t worry too much about the correct format, as you are not writing a business letter, but do add a date so that the recipient can look back and see when you wrote it.

A letter is something that can be cherished for many years, so make sure you get writing!