If there’s one thing I love, it’s stationery. As well as owning a lifetime supply of beautiful notebooks, I also love to write letters – but not just normal letters. I like to send letters, cards, newspaper or magazine clippings, books I think people will enjoy. And I like for the post that drops on someone’s doormat to be interesting. I recently discovered Bestbuyenvelopes, which has a great range of differently coloured and patterned envelopes which are great for this sort of thing.

A few years ago I set up the #OctoberProject, where I sent a letter to a different person each day in the month of October. Last year I did this entirely through my social media, using an online form to collect data. I’m looking forward to doing the project again this year but in the meantime I’m thinking it might be fun to send out random cards etc through the year.

Sending some snail mail

I’ve been thinking it might be fun to send out random cards and letters throughout the year to the lovely people who follow my blog. If you’d like to sign up to receive post from me, click here.

These days people send Facebook messages or WhatsApps. If they’re really out of touch with the world, they might send an email… they rarely send actual physical pieces of post. When the postman does come to our door it’s usually with one of those dreaded windowed envelopes containing a bill. Or something I’ve ordered online! On those rare occasions he brings us something that’s not a bill, it’s quite exciting!

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Because real post is such a rarity these days, it’s always fun when something a little different lands on the mat. I like the idea of making people feel good, and surprising them with something a little different.

Random acts of kindness

Before I had S, when I had something people call free time, I would put together little parcels and send them to people. Back in ye olden days, I would even create CDs for people with silly songs on and post them along with sweets, pens and any random thing I thought might tickle them. This was in the days before social media, so they couldn’t even post on Facebook about the brilliant package I’d sent them! I know, madness; I sent things to people just to make them smile, without the need for them to ever tell anyone about it.

I got the idea from a book and would challenge myself to perform random acts of kindness every week. I enjoyed coming up with new ideas; within a few weeks the letters and packages were just the tip of the iceberg. It feels nice to make someone else smile; it’s almost addictive. And it’s very good for your mental health.

How could you brighten someone’s day in secret?

I was thinking how nice it would be to send people random cards and things to make them smile… and I thought this would be a good opportunity to ask you: what could you do today, to make someone else’s day a little brighter?

The only rule is that whatever you do to make someone smile, it must be a secret. You can’t post about it on social media. Can you do it?


Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.

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