Letter writing, like knot-tying and full-contact finger puppetry, is a lost art form.
Before smartphones, computers and email, letters were a common way to show the important people in your life that you cared about them. The time it took to find the space and materials necessary, arrange your thoughts, put them down on the page, seal the envelope and mail it off meant that you valued someone greatly.
But, letter writing is more than just a quaint, old-fashioned practice. Recent studies show that writing things down by hand leads to increased activity in the parts of the brain that are associated with learning.