5 reasons to write a love letter

Get out the pen and paper and take an old-fashioned approach to showing your partner how much you care. Find out how writing a love letter can help improve your relationship.

By Jen Kirsch

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Though they don't often discuss it, men like to be wooed, too, and there are many sweet little things you can do for your partner that involve nothing more than a pen and paper. Whether it's tucking a note inside his lunch bag or leaving a card on his pillow on a special occasion, these little actions will help make your partner feel loved.

We reached out to Grace Palmer, the editor-in-chief and founder of Romance Never Dies, a website devoted to helping couples discover their romantic side through the art of writing love letters. "A handwritten note sends an important message to your lover before the words are even read," she explains.

Palmer offers five situations that warrant wooing your significant other with the written word.

1. To apologize
A love note is the ideal way to say you're sorry without getting wrapped up in an argument and creating an even bigger fight. Palmer suggests placing a letter on your partner's pillow if you leave early for work, putting a note in his briefcase so he'll see it later or even placing an envelope in a prominent place in the fridge -- all great ways to send your message of apology.

While the reasons for the apology might vary, the words you use probably will not. "Sorry" might be the hardest word, but it's absolutely necessary in this case.

"Use it, and be specific about what you are sorry for and why you regret your actions or words. But be careful not to rationalize or justify what you did," Palmer advises. "Just say you're sorry."

2. To say thanks
Sometimes we take each other for granted as the day-to-day happenings of our relationships become routine. While there may be no real need for an expression of thanks, it's easy to let this slip into a habit of never saying how much you appreciate your partner.

"Saying thank you in a letter is a very romantic way to show your gratitude," says Palmer. "If he makes the coffee every morning no matter what, put a note of thanks and love next to the coffee pot so he knows you're grateful," she suggests.

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