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Real Story: She Writes Love Letters to Total Strangers

Real Story: She Writes Love Letters to Total Strangers

People do strange things. All too often, those strange actions are ones that cause discomfort and pain to those around us. This story is not a story like that. This story is one in which a person is taking action to stir positive emotions in those around her. One in which she has made a conscious effort to seek out people who may feel invisible, or people who have been through some things.

This story has tickled my imagination and I hope it does yours as well. Hannah Brencher is the Juliet to her city. That is, she has written love letters to be found in all areas of her city by different people. The first one she wrote was addressed “If you find this letter… it is for you.”

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Finding Love Letters

Can you imagine finding a love letter in your coat pocket, on the sink of the bathroom, tucked behind the subway seat, or on the water fountain? A letter that gave you a small reprieve from the things going on inside your head. A letter that gave you purpose for a moment by showing a kindness. This is what Hannah did for people.

Then it developed further. She began a website and branched out to have others try this out in their communities. The website is called moreloveletters.com. The website now connects people who need love letters with others that have begun writing love letters.

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Examples of Lives Changed

One particular happy story involves a lady by the name of Briana. She was a single mother struggling to pay rent. Hannah wrote out her story and requested letters for Briana. The day came to check her PO Box and forward on the letters. She opened the box and there was nothing, but a small sticky note. Low and behold so many letters were received that they didn’t fit in the box. The letters were compiled and sent on to Briana.

Put yourself in Briana’s place for a moment (or any of the letter receivers’ shoes.) Can you imagine the immense relief of no longer feeling alone? In world where we remain so connected through electronics and the interwebs. Invisible strings that connect us, these letters are physical representations of a connection that is lacking in these other communications—connections that can be felt, touched, and slept with under our pillow.

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I remember as a child putting my most special treasures under my pillow. The troll doll with the jeweled belly that I made wishes on, my list of dreams and wishes for the year, and my bible when I went through a particularly religious phase. I feel like this sort of letter would be a good fit to remind me of the love.

Please do your self a favor and visit this article from Hannah Bencher herself and read some more examples of this awesome project she started and has continued. The article can be found by clicking this link.

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Hannah speaks of chemotherapy patients, PTSD sufferers, veterans, and people fearing they wouldn’t leave a mark on the world. These people received love letters. Bundles of letters from fellow human beings that didn’t want people to feel alone. People who followed her lead to reach out and show love.

How You Can Get Involved

I don’t know Hannah, but this work that she does makes me happy. I take joy in the joy she is spreading. If we take a second to look through our own lives, we may find things can we do to bring joy to others. Letters to soldiers might be a good starting off point. Thanking them for all they do and showing support for all that they give up to serve the country. Please also check Hannah’s website MoreLoveLetters.com to get started on your letters.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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