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Share via Email An open letter: Graham Turner for the Guardian When year-old Hannah Brencher moved to New York after college, she was hit by depression and overwhelming loneliness. One day she felt so alone, she wanted to reach out to someone. And so she put pen to paper and started writing letters.
Letters to complete strangers.
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 brilliant 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. The World Needs More Love Letters is all about writing letters — not emails, but proper, handwritten letters. Not conventional love letters, written to a real beloved, but surprise letters for strangers.
They don't necessarily say "I love you", but they are full of kindness that's the love Brencher's talking about — telling people they are remarkable and special and all-round amazing.
It's the sort of stuff that most people don't really say out loud even to the people they care about, let alone a total stranger. Brencher's initiative has now exploded.
She has personally written hundreds, if not thousands of letters. Last year, she did a Ted talk. In it, she talks about a woman whose husband, a soldier, comes back from Afghanistan and they struggle to reconnect — "So she tucks love letters throughout the house as a way to say: Find me when you can'" — and a university student who slips letters around her campus, only to suddenly find everyone is writing them and there are love letters hanging from the trees.
Now there are more than 10, people who join in all over the world. Sometimes, they write letters to order, to people who are lonely and down and just want someone to tell them that everything will be OK.
Mostly, though, they scribble notes and leave them somewhere unlikely, for somebody to find. It's a very cute idea. It also sounds, well, a bit American touchy-feely. I'm not sure that's something us Brits do well although this chap from Aberdeen did it for a whileto some success judging by the feedback on his blog.
Even if his notes were printouts and not charmingly done by hand. But I know that if I was on the receiving end of a letter like that, it almost certainly might put a smile on my face. So I decide to give it a try and see if I might do the same for someone else. On the morning I decide to write my love letters to strangers, I realise I have committed that journalist schoolgirl-error of forgetting my notepad and pen.
So I trundle off to the nearest Paperchase and select some tiny squares of pale-grey card with matching little envelopes.
Even if my unknown recipients think I am bonkers, at least I bothered with the details. With my supplies to hand, I can't stop thinking about what I might say. By the time I sit down later to write my letters, I feel stupidly self-conscious and also, I don't want to make a spelling mistake, cross it out and ruin the whole thing.
I browse Brencher's website for inspiration. But everything I start to say sounds, well … cheesy. I try again, and this time bumble my way through a few platitudes, before I cross them out and start afresh.
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