Would you write a love letter to a total stranger?
Writing love letters to anyone and everyone can help spread joy and make the world a brighter place.
‘The World Needs More Love Letters‘ is a website that aims to increase random acts of kindness through the art of letter writing.
When Hannah Brencher moved to New York after college, she felt incredibly lonely and was hit by intense feelings of depression. On one particularly lonely day, Hannah felt the need to reach out to someone. She did so by putting pen to paper and writing letters… to complete strangers.
These letters were not three page essays about her feelings; instead they contained pearls of wisdom and messages of joy. Phrases such as ‘have a bright day’ were used and she even told people how brilliant they were, even if nobody else thought so. Hannah dropped these love notes all over New York – in library books, cafes, park benches and even on the subway.
Writing these letters made Hannah feel better, knowing that she might have made somebody’s day with those few, kind words. This new hobby gave her something to focus on, and so the website ‘The World Needs More Love Letters’ was born.
Part of the charm of these letters is that they aren’t mere emails, they are letters that have been carefully and lovingly handwritten. Today there are more than 10,000 people joining in on the letter writing movement, hoping to brighten someone’s day.
Some people may dismiss the idea as weird and too ‘touchy-feely’ but if you think about it, is it really any weirder taking the time to write a letter to a stranger than it is to, say, tweet what you had for breakfast to a whole bunch of people you don’t know?
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