Week #175 – Spread Happyness: SEND MAIL!
Greetings Happyness Tribe!
I’ve spent a good part of last year trying to declutter — and you know what I’ve found?
Notecards. Lots of notecards.
I’ve always wanted to be that person who sends timely birthday cards, thank you notes, and letters of encouragement. I just never get around to it…never have a stamp…the right pen…never know which card would be the best card to send…
You know which card is the best card? The one that’s on your desk right now!
It reminded me of a post I wrote back in October 2016. I had a half-dozen notes I wanted to send. One was to someone in late-stage cancer.
Guess what? It’s still sitting on my desk. Unfortunately, she is gone.
This week, I want to propose (once again) something that I have been very bad at — but have resolved to do better this year:
I know, I know…there are SO MANY faster ways to connect with someone. And forget about phone calls and emails…that is so 90’s! Now we can text, chat, message, comment, reply, tweet, or post!
And that’s only if you still want to use words!
Otherwise you can like, love, gram, snap, pin, or simply emoji your feelings to someone! You don’t even need the alphabet anymore!
But there is nothing, NOTHING, like walking to the mailbox, opening it, and expecting the usual pile of bills and circulars…only to find a brightly colored envelope with your name in someone else’s familiar handwriting!
It means: someone really thought of you.
He or she spent time formulating a thought, writing something down, looking up your address, finding a stamp, and dropping that envelope in the mail to reach you at an undetermined date — when they won’t have the satisfaction of an immediate response or emotional feedback.
It is a precious, sneaky, fun surprise. And like I said, I’ve been really bad at it! So…
Your Happyness Challenge for the Week Ahead: SEND MAIL! Chances are your holiday card list is still within easy reach. Grab it now and update it with important birthdates/anniversaries/events/etc. — and if you’re a nerd like me and have yours in a spreadsheet, just add a birthdate column and sort by date! The six to eight weeks after the holidays are a blue-sy and isolated time for a lot of people. Spread Happyness — send a smile to someone’s mailbox today!
Who do you owe a note or card to? Don’t tell me…tell them! 😉
Spread Happyness — SEND MAIL! And share your thoughts in the comments (but only AFTER you put a stamp on it)!
1/19/18 by Grace Church
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