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Happiness Tip: Write a Love Letter

Have you seen the moving five minute video from StoryCorps about Danny and Annie? (If not, your happiness tip is to watch it now.)

The little love notes that Danny would leave for Annie defined their relationship. They weren’t particularly poetic, or long, or exciting. But they did the trick: they conveyed his love.

Think about his “Romantic Weather Report”: The weather out today is extremely rainy, I’ll call you at 11:20 in the morning, and I love you, I love you, I love you.

Any of us can write these letters, and when we do, the love in our life grows.

Take Action: Leave someone in your life a little love letter today. How about a note for your daughter in her lunch box? A sticky on your husband’s windshield? A text to your mom that says you’re thinking of her? You could even leave a treat for your dog and call it a love note.

Join the discussion: Tell us something memorable that someone has once written you in a little love note — or that you’ve written for someone else. Inspire others by commenting below or join the discussion on Facebook.

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  1. bree says:

    I leave notes for my son atleast once a week. The last one had a kiss sticker and said “here’s a kiss for your pocket, so that no matter where you go you know I’m thinking of you”

  2. kate says:

    This is interesting to me because my 18 year old daughter just told me that one of the best parts of her childhood was the flower I drew on and index card and put in her lunch every day.
    It started out on the lunch bag to help her find hers, but she complained about it. Not sure why and neither is she. But then I started putting it on an index card, sometime with a short note sometimes not. I do not remember any feedback until this week, when she asked me to draw flowers on our garage chalkboard and told me that the flowers were one of the best parts of her childhood.
    My point is you need to stick with things even when they do not get a positive response at the time. I did those flowers for years when my daughter was nonverbal, to reach out to her nonverbally, and in a way she could tolerate.

  3. Kathryn says:

    I was once out running errands and when I got back to my car, there was a business card stuck in my window. The blank side was facing out and someone had written, ” I think you’re really sexy. Call me!” When I turned the card over, I saw that it was MY business card with the home number circled. My husband happened to be out and about too, saw my car and left me that little “love letter.” It was probably 15 years ago (10 years into our marriage) but I can still feel that delight of that little surprise when I think about it now. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. Tricia Beck says:

    I wrote a love and appreciation letter to my son as he graduated from college and was moving out of state. I tucked it into some “road food”, knowing that when he stopped to eat, he would get my note explaining all of the things that make him a wonderful person, and how much I love and appreciate him. He called me on the road and thanked me. I am so proud of the person he has become.

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