Love letters are an expression of intimacy. Even ancient Egyptians wrote love letters. In fact, RAmesess II wrote a love letter to his wife Nefetari in her burial chamber, calling her “the one for whom the sun shines.”
But love letters aren’t as common anymore.
You’re not alone if you’ve gotten the closest thing to a love letter is a kissy face emoji text.
While celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman talk about swapping love letters with their significant others, it’s just not the reality for most of us.
But new research suggests that it should be. A study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior found that sending a romantic message (text messages or email) makes you feel more lovey-dovey than leaving a voicemail.
For the study, researchers tracked 72 college students and found that those who sent romantic e-mails also used stronger and more thoughtful language than those who left voicemails.
Why? They found that we add more positivity to our messages to compensate for the inability to show a vocal tone via e-mail. The E-mail also lets you take your time and edit yourself, making sure you put out the best message possible.
“This extra processing may increase arousal,” the study authors write. Also worth noting: The emotional impact was the same, regardless of gender.
And since it’s pretty sucky not to respond to a romantic letter, the odds are high for you, and your significant other will be passing warm fuzzy feelings around.
Granted, giving it a go can be easier said than done—which is why we created this fill-in-the-blank love letter.
A love letter doesn’t have to be fancy or in a specific form. It can be lengthy or elaborate. You can write it by hand on scented stationery or through a well-thought-out email. What you say is more important than the actual delivery method.
It doesn’t have to be long. It doesn’t have to be a poem. The best love letters are the ones that come from the heart, with words that express how you really feel.
But if you are really stuck and want to write something special, and you don’t like our fill-in-the-blank love letter, you can always just go to Fiverr and hire someone to write one for you.