Are your Facebook friends really wishing you a Happy Birthday, or simply responding to an alert — part of the grand Pavlovian experiment that is social media? In most cases, it’s impossible to tell. But when someone sends a letter — taking the time to write complete thoughts with a pen, seal the envelope, and buy a stamp — the sentiment counts. Try committing to writing one letter a week to an old friend, elderly relative, former colleague, or anyone you wish you saw more often. And when vacationing in the Caribbean or rafting in the Rockies, make a pit stop to buy, scribe, and mail a few postcards.
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