Love Letters to Strangers

http://ted.com/talks/view/id/1603

We get bombarded with junk mail – both tangible (how many times have you “won” the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes?) and virtual (penis enlargements, anyone?).  Yet I truly can’t remember the last time I went to the mailbox and found a handwritten letter waiting inside, despite my fantasies of being an 18th century British novelist with several pen pals.  (Basically I want to be Jane Austen.)

Hannah Brencher, the young girl in the video above, was “sucker-punched” by depression in college and found comfort by tucking love letters to strangers all over NYC – in cafes, libraries, and even at the United Nations.  Watch the video – it isn’t even 5 minutes long – and be amazed by her story of love letters hanging from trees and spouses learning to speak to each other again through letters. Today she runs a global organization, The World Needs More Love Letters, which writes and mails letters to strangers when they need kindness the most. You can sign up to become a letter-writer and every month they’ll send you a list of people who need your inspiration – I’m signing up.  Anyone want to do it with me?

Letter-writing may be an “art form” now that we live in a world where efficiency is the trump card, and if it can’t be said in 140 characters, sometimes it isn’t said at all.  But the world is full of artists – let’s be some, too.  And if any of you wants to start a letter exchange with me, I would love that!  Email me your address (ironic, I know) at thewonderistblog@gmail.com, and I promise to write you!

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