When’s the last time you hand wrote a letter to someone? It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Not for Hannah Brencher. Her mother used to write her letters in college and after graduation, Hannah slipped into the depths of depression. To help ease her pain, Hannah then started writing love notes and leaving them around New York for strangers to find.
Her words of kindness quickly caught fire in the hearts of others and the act has now become a worldwide program, The World Needs More Love Letters, which will rush handwritten letters to those in need of a pick me up.
And why not just email? In this digital age, everything we write is transcribed electronically. Wouldn’t it just be more efficient to do it through the web? Maybe, but it doesn’t posses the same magic, personality, and love as the handwritten word.
In this quick and uplifting TED talk, Hannah tells us her story. As writers, this project is a strong testimony to the power of words-kind words, to be exact-and how as writers we can help change the course of someone’s day in a positive way.
If you haven’t handwritten a letter in a while (I know it’s been a minute for me), maybe take the time to sit down and join Hannah on this mission. I know I’m on board. It may feel a little strange at first, but as soon as you sign your name at the bottom of the letter, you may feel a little better, too; after all, we could all use a boost every now and then sometimes kindness towards others is the most rewarding, satisfying way to get it.