Did you know that tomorrow (Friday, September 1) is National Letter Writing Day?
As big fans of mail, you can see why we’re excited to share this with you! Sure, a letter isn’t the fastest or most convenient way to share updates with someone – but that is part of what makes letter-writing so meaningful.
In an age where many of us communicate with one another using a single GIF, emoji, or even the hated-but-respected “k” via text message, it’s easy to see how a hand-written letter can pack a powerful punch.
Taking the time to write a letter (and paying the 49 cents for postage) is a meaningful act in that it requires time, thought, and a small investment. In the digital age, a letter doesn’t simply communicate the words on the page – it also sends a message that those words are truly important.
That’s why we’re challenging you to write a least one letter for National Letter Writing Day. And we’ve come prepared in case you’re struggling to think of something good to write. Here are 21 ideas for inspiration:
- A letter to a grandparent or relative you haven’t seen in a while. Share updates about your life and ask if he/she will write back to share what’s new in his/her life.
- A thank-you letter to a doctor/dentist/physical therapist who made a difference in your life.
- A letter of support for a local nonprofit organization to help them apply for a grant.
- A letter of encouragement to a friend or family member who is going through a difficult time.
- A letter of thanks and encouragement to someone who is currently serving or has served in the Military.
- A letter to your past self, reminding you of lessons you’ve learned over time.
- A letter of appreciation to an old mentor.
- A letter to your future self, describing how life is now and what some of your favorite things are. You can store the letter somewhere safe to open in a certain number years, or give to a friend to mail to you after time has passed.
- A letter of encouragement to a patient in your local hospital. Check with the hospital to find out how to address the letter to make sure it arrives.
- A letter to a friend who has birthday coming up soon.
- A note of praise to someone you admire but don’t know how to tell in person.
- A letter to an old teacher, sharing what your life is like and how he/she made an impact.
- A letter “just saying hello” to your Great Aunt Sandy who moved to Arizona last year.
- A letter of thanks to a local business that has always provided you with great service. Trust us, this will make someone’s day.
- A love letter to your significant other – and don’t say anything about it until it arrives in the mail!
- A letter to your state representative or local government official about an issue that matters to you.
- A note of appreciation to a long-time client.
- A letter to a kid in your life. You can write to your own child, a niece/nephew, or a friend or neighbor’s child. Kids don’t typically get a lot of mail, so something addressed just to them will be exciting.
- A letter telling someone you love about your experience traveling abroad.
- A letter from your business updating customers on happenings at your business, whether changes are coming or you just want to share how things are going with staff members.
- Scrap the letter and mail a potato instead. Your message will need to be short and sweet, but this is sure to make someone’s day.
As always, we want to hear from you! If you write a letter, comment below to let us know what you decided to write about.