In a world of texts, e-mails and instant messages writing handwritten letters has become a lost art. We just don’t do it anymore but I am sure all of us would admit that we still love getting a handwritten letter!
Hannah Brencher came from a family that wrote her letters often. So when she felt herself bottom into depression after college, she did what felt natural — she wrote love letters and left them for strangers to find.
But these weren’t sad letters about how she was feeling. They were happy letters, all about the other person, not her. She would write messages for people to have a “bright day” and tell strangers how wonderful they were, even if they thought no one else had noticed.
Brencher began dropping the notes all over New York, in cafes, in library books, in parks and on the subway. It made her feel better, knowing that she might be making somebody’s day through just a few short, sweet words. It gave her something to focus on. And so, The World Needs More Love Letters was born.
Hannah Brencher believes in the power of pen and paper, and has started a global initiative that encourages strangers to exchange love letters.
Love letters to strangers
Check out this TED Talk where Hannah share’s more of her story:
How to write love letters
Here are some great tips to get you started on writing love letters:
How does writing love letters to complete strangers make you feel?