Before you throw out your remaining pens and paper, there are some surprising penmanship benefits that involve a lot more than just good etiquette. On a very basic level, a handwritten note is so much more personal than a quick text or email. Or even a typed letter. It’s a tangible thing, infused with your personality, intimacy and energy. Giving someone a longhand note shows that you’ve put thought into your words; it conveys warmth and sincerity.