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Choosing, writing and sending a card takes time and effort, so it's a fantastic (and simple) way to let someone know that you care - any day of the year. But why not start now as it's Thinking of You Week. It was launched in 2014 by the Greeting Card Association to “create a wave of love, caring and happiness around the world, by encouraging everyone to send cards to different people during the week.”
According to neuroscientist, Dr Lynda Shaw, “there are two big killers in the UK that often do not get the profile they deserve; Isolationism and depression.” Receiving a greeting card, she explains, can help someone who is feeling a bit low to feel more socially connected.
“The psychology of greeting cards has a lot to do with self-esteem and self-worth. Simply put, if you receive one, you feel better. Time is the most precious gift anyone can give. So, if someone spends time choosing, writing then giving or posting a greeting card, the recipient knows they have been given some of the sender’s precious time.”
She continued “Greeting cards are there for us in order that we can tell people how important they are to us when they are alive. If we all did this, the world would be a much happier place.”
Well, who are we to argue. Whilst email, text and social media messages are quick and practical - of course they have their place - it does feel good to receive something personal and hand written in the post (and it makes a change from the usual bills or leaflets).
So why not make a card, write a note or send a postcard to someone you haven't seen or spoken to for a while, or perhaps someone who is going through a difficult time? You don’t need to spend much money – it really is the thought that counts.
Greens & Greetings are also a unique way to let someone know you’re thinking of them (and no doubt when they’re growing and eating their microgreens they’ll be thinking kindly of you too).