Writing a letter or postcard to your best friend is a fun way to express gratitude and show your appreciation for a friend or family member, a new study has found.
A research team from the University of Cambridge and the University College London found that people wrote letters or posts about loved ones, loved ones to loved ones or friends to friends at the highest rates, even if the letters or postcards did not contain specific words or phrases.
Writing about a family member was also seen as more meaningful and appropriate, the study found.
“It is well established that people write letters about family members in some circumstances, and that some people will respond positively to letters that reflect their own personal experience,” said the study’s senior author, Dr Emily McInerney, from the School of Computer Science and Engineering.
“We were particularly interested in how the frequency and content of letters about loved or close friends might impact on their ability to respond in the face of letters from people from the opposite side of the family.”
To find out more about the study, see the journal’s journal article: Letters from your best friends to your children.
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A blog post about the research can be found here: Letters to your kids, or to your friend.