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Snail Mail Postage Rate Increase

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Snail Mail Postage Rate Increase

Have you heard? The cost of a “Forever” stamp for first-class mail within the United States is going up again. As of January 22nd, 2023, the new price is 63 cents – a three-cent increase! This is the third price hike in the past year. The United States Postal Service (USPS) says it’s necessary to offset inflation and rising operating expenses, ensuring the continuation of reliable mail service to every address in the nation.

While this may feel like a burden, especially for individuals and small businesses that rely heavily on snail mail, let’s take a moment to appreciate the magic and wonder of this age-old communication method. In our fast-paced digital world, where emails and instant messages fly back and forth at lightning speed, there's something undeniably special about receiving a handwritten letter or a beautifully crafted card in the mail.

The Timeless Allure of Snail Mail

Snail mail offers a tangible connection, a physical embodiment of someone's thoughts and feelings. The act of choosing stationery, putting pen to paper, and carefully composing your words creates a sense of intentionality and care that digital communication often lacks.

“A letter always seemed to me like immortality because it is the mind alone without corporeal friend.” – Emily Dickinson

And then there's the anticipation! Waiting for a letter or package to arrive can be exciting, like receiving a small gift. The sound of the mailbox opening, the rustling of paper, the sight of a familiar handwriting or a colorful stamp – these simple pleasures can bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Snail Mail's Environmental Edge

Beyond the sentimental value, snail mail also boasts environmental benefits compared to its digital counterparts. While emails and online messages may seem paperless, they contribute to energy consumption and carbon emissions through data centers and electronic devices.

In contrast, the USPS has been making strides towards sustainability, with a large fleet of fuel-efficient vehicles and a commitment to reducing its carbon footprint. So, next time you choose snail mail, you can feel good knowing that you're making a conscious choice for the planet.

Embracing the Slow Pace

In a world that's constantly urging us to do more, faster, snail mail invites us to slow down, to savor the process of communication, and to appreciate the beauty of the written word. It allows us to disconnect from the digital noise and reconnect with ourselves and with others on a deeper level.

So, the next time you need to reach out to someone, consider opting for snail mail. Whether it's a birthday card, a thank-you note, or simply a heartfelt letter, take the time to craft a message that will be cherished and remembered. And who knows, you might just rediscover the joy of anticipation and the magic of a handwritten connection.

Fun Facts about Snail Mail and Stamps

* The term “snail mail” emerged in the late 20th century as a playful contrast to the speed of electronic communication. * The first adhesive postage stamp, the Penny Black, was issued in Great Britain in 1840, revolutionizing the postal system. * Stamps are miniature works of art, often featuring historical figures, cultural icons, and stunning natural landscapes. * Collecting stamps, or philately, is a popular hobby enjoyed by millions of people worldwide.

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