Universal Letter Writing Week
celebrates the art of communicating through letter writing. It occurs each year on the second week of January. Although this notice is a few days late, there is still plenty of time to participate by writing someone a letter. Perhaps there’s a thank you note leftover from the holidays that you need to write. Or, maybe that idea of writing a letter of appreciation appeals to you. What a marvelous way that would be to create a keepsake letter. It might even get posted on the refrigerator!
In last week’s New York Times’ “The Happiness Challenge,” Day #4 suggests writing a “Living Eulogy.” Here is a chance to write something very heartfelt. Think about someone important in your life and what they have done for you…Now, here is the exercise explained-
Day 4: Thank someone special
“Consider what you would thank this person for if you thought you would never see them again. Take a few minutes and write down what you would tell them, with as many specific examples as possible. Don’t overthink it: It can be both dashed off and straight from the heart. Think of it as a eulogy for the living.
Then send it — as a handwritten note (for Universal Letter Writing Week)
The happiest people take time to explicitly cherish the people they love, Dr. Waldinger said. Writing a note of appreciation to someone, has an immediate positive impact on feelings of well-being and connectedness, for both you and the recipient.