GratiTUBE: Dear stranger

It is a surreal feeling, to compose a letter to an individual that you have no ties to but at the same time you want the whole wide world for them. I wished them a bright day. A day full of laughter. I told them they were unique & special & really quite smashing. (I might not have used the word ‘smashing’ but I probably will in the next letter).Really, we are not told enough, in a genuine noncommercial manner, how brilliant we are. How intriguing and wonderful we are. How much we should be commended for waking up today and deciding to take on the task of being human. It is not an easy task. It is not always fun. But it is wildly worth it. Better that we write all these things down

-Hannah Brencher, 10.10.10 (First Love Letter)

Imagine along with credit card bills, electricity bills, insurance notices and the usual mail, there is one letter which has your address written by hand. There is one letter which is not computer generated but written by hand! We shared Dear Me some time back – letters written to your younger self. And now we want to share about letters written to strangers. Words of love, hand written and posted.

Inspired by her mother, Hannah spent a year, writing and mailing over 400 love letters to strangers across the world. By then it was obvious to her that The World Needs More Love Letters! In the age when the world expresses love in 140 characters, Hanna knew that we needed more, that we needed to go slow, to go overboard and write more!

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Started in August 2011, this global movement is fuelled by volunteer letter writers who are sharing their love with strangers, world over! This is her story. This is the story of the movement called More Love Letters!

Sometime back I connected with a school friend of mine, who said “You remember you used to write me letters during vacations? I still have them”. And I said to myself “Wow!” I’ve actually forgotten how to write a letter! And after reading about Hannah and her initiative, I talked about it in my group here and we started a local version by writing some letters to you!

Wait for it!

Image source: More Love Letters

GratiTUBE is a series of short videos – a video that inspired us; a video that brought a smile to our face; a video that filled our heart with warmth and a video that we want to share and multiply the effect it had on us! If you have come across a video that you would like featured here, tell us about it!

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