Today is World Post Day and to celebrate I sent out some surprise letters to 4 of my amazing internet friends! It was very hard to pick just 4 people to send these too, but I am sure everyone will understand that it would be impossible for me to send one to everyone at the same time!
I decorated 4 envelopes with pretty washi tape and stickers and wrote a personalised note for each receiver. On top of the little letters, I also added some small gifts…
A personalised bracelet for each person, a sticker, a Blurt Foundation self-care goal card and an Autumn quote! Now I know these are only little things and if I could have added more to them I would have! I also wish I could have sent one of these little letters to all of my amazing internet friends, but It would cost me a fortune and I would be here until 2020 writing them all!
I felt as though writing happy mail would be a nice way to show my appreciation to these lovely people as well as celebrating World Post Day! We often take receiving and sending the post for granted, and we sometimes have a whine and a moan if things do not arrive on time, or they arrive damaged etc… but just stop and think about how many letters and parcels are being posted each and every day…
Approximately 11.7 BILLION letters are posted annually (according to statistics for 2016-17) and 2.1 BILLION parcels! That is a lot of post, and we should be grateful for how quickly we are able to send and receive letters and parcels from all around the world. I know it can be frustrating when you pay for next day delivery and your item arrives a day late… but 9 out of 10 times you will be refunded if that occurs! When you stop to think about how many letters and parcels are being handled per day, it is rather incredible that things arrive in such a short space of time and we should appreciate the postmen (and women) who work hard to deliver our post to us on a daily basis, as well as appreciating those who work in the sorting offices, making sure everyone’s mail is sent to the correct places!
I love receiving mail from people, despite writing letters being ‘old fashioned’, it is nice to receive little treats in the post unexpectedly… even when you have a pen pal and are expecting a reply, you never know what day it will arrive and it is all quite fun!
I recently received my first ever pen pal letter from Scotland… It was lovely receiving a letter from someone new, getting to know them and making new connections! I posted my reply to them at the same time as these letters, so hopefully, by now it would have been received!
We should not let writing letters to people die out… figures in letters being posted have been decreasing over the years and it would be a shame to see it fizzle out! So if you have a friend or family member who you usually communicate with online or over the phone; send them a letter, include a little gift! And watch how happy and surprised they are when they receive it!
I was mentioned in a lovely tweet from Zoe after she received one of my letters this morning! It was so nice for me to see how my letter had made Zoe feel and how happy she was with the surprise!
Have you received or sent any ‘happy mail’ lately? Let us know in the comments below!