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The woman who wants to get the world writing more love letters

When was the last time a handwritten love note landed on your doormat? Pre Facebook? Pre email? Never? 

Letter enthusiast Hannah Brencher wants to get the world writing more love letters - to complete strangers.

Her global initiative - based on the premise that it's just as much a joy to give as it is to receive - invites anyone so inclined to send notes of comfort to those most in need of the unique form of happiness that only a note through the letterbox can bring. It was during a post-college bout of depression that Brencher began to leave notes in hidden corners all over New York City - from coffee shops to the subway. She'd always loved receiving letters from her mother, and doing the same for strangers gave her a huge sense of satisfaction. Unsurprisingly the strangers who got in touch were delighted by her notes, and an idea was born...

Her project More Love Letters details the stories of individuals around the world who could benefit from a letter. Anyone can put pen to paper and send off their notes to a project co-ordinator who checks the letters before passing on the gift of words. to the intended recipient. And if you'd like to welcome letters, you need only ask and your own mailbox will soon be overflowing. 

EXPLAINING THE BIRTH OF HER IDEA...

"I moved to New York City after college and got completely sucker-punched in the face by depression, I did the only thing I could think of at the time. I wrote those same kinds of letters that my mother had written me for strangers, and tucked them all throughout the city, dozens and dozens of them. I left them everywhere, in cafes and in libraries, at the U.N., everywhere. I blogged about those letters and the days when they were necessary, and I posed a kind of crazy promise to the Internet: that if you asked me for a hand-written letter, I would write you one, no questions asked. Overnight, my inbox morphed into this harbor of heartbreak -- a single mother in Sacramento, a girl being bullied in rural Kansas, all asking me, a 22-year-old girl who barely even knew her own coffee order, to write them a love letter and give them a reason to wait by the mailbox."


WATCH BRENCHER TALK ABOUT WHY THE WORLD NEEDS MORE LOVE LETTERS


ON THE JOY OF LETTER WRITING...

The mere fact that somebody would even just sit down, pull out a piece of paper and think about someone the whole way through, with an intention that is so much harder to unearth when the browser is up and the iPhone is pinging and we've got six conversations rolling in at once, that is an art form that does not fall down to the Goliath of "get faster," no matter how many social networks we might join. We still clutch close these letters to our chest, to the words that speak louder than loud, when we turn pages into palettes to say the things that we have needed to say, the words that we have needed to write, to sisters and brothers and even to strangers, for far too long.”


NEED INSPIRATION FOR YOUR OWN LOVE LETTERS

Read our blog on the history of writing love letters and some of the most famous ones in history. 


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Author: Rebecca

Rebecca lives in London with her husband, daughter and dachshund. She hopes her dating blogs for Flame Introductions will inspire you to seek out the best London and UK locations for brilliant dates, and discover some tips along the way to help you find your perfect partner.