The world needs more love letters

February 14, 2013

love letters

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:

A challenge

I am not much of a letter writer but I am willing to give this a try.  I am excited about the possibility of brightening someone’s day through a simple handwritten letter!  Are you willing to try this with me?  I would love to hear your stories!

How does writing love letters to complete strangers make you feel?

Kevin Martineau

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I am the Pastor at Port Hardy Baptist Church on Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I am married to my best friend and I have three beautiful daughters.

8 responses to The world needs more love letters

  1. Hi Kevin!
    thank you soooo much for sharing this.

    This is such a great, inspiring movement!
    I feel excited about having found out about this!

    Much appreciated!

    Love and Light
    Yorinda

  2. What an interesting idea. I can just imagine how this could make someone’s day. I haven’t handwritten a letter in years. Thank you notes, yes, but not letters. I’ll have to consider how to put this into practice.

  3. I love this TED Talk Kevin, in fact I shared this video myself awhile back. She is so inspiring and this just proves yet again that there are so many things one person can do to make a difference in the lives of others. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Hey Kevin,
    No matter how much technically advanced the world has become, I know very well the importance of a handwritten note. It carries with it immense love and care. It’s my habit, I always write something special and gift to my sister on each of her birthday, and she is so sweet, she has kept all the letters under the lock. Whenever I write for her, I recapitulate the various events happened in the year. Thanks.