Several months ago in the social media world, I began hearing this buzz about a girl who was leaving letters for strangers in New York City and mailing hundreds of subsequent letters to people she had never met. My attention was instantly piqued, and I just had to learn more about this girl.
You see, I thought writing letters was a dying art form. I thought I was one of the last people on earth who still cherished exchanging correspondence through hand-written form. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a social media nerd. In fact, it’s an area I’m studying at school. However, there’s just something about tangible thoughts on paper that still grips my heartstrings like nothing else can.
Enter Hannah Brencher. What was initially birthed as a form of therapy, became her life mission. “I am not a strategist or a specialist. I am a storyteller,” says Hannah. Since leaving letters on the train in NYC, she’s sent over 4,200 letters around the world, spreading a message of love and ultimate hope. The stories from Hannah & her organization, The World Needs More Love Letters, are absolutely INCREDIBLE. Rather than trying to re-count what Hannah is passionate about, I’ll let her tell you herself. Watch her TED video below: