Handing Out Smiles

Write cards to the people you love.

They don’t have to be good. (The card that is…though I suppose it doesn’t really matter for the people either. Maybe bad people are bad because no one ever wrote them a card?)

They don’t have to be pretty. (Again…you know what, never mind.)

The words need not be profound or poetic.

They do, however, need to be written by your own hand; in ink.

They also need to be on tangible paper, sent via snail mail with a postage stamp. (For the love of all you cherish please don’t send an e-card.)

And as your card slips irrevocably through the mail slot wiggle with giddy anticipation. In the next twenty-four to seventy-two hours, you will brighten someone’s day.

In fact, during that magic window between when you mail your card and it gets delivered, bask in the glow of imagining your recipient’s smile when they see your note in their mailbox.

It is not hubris or ego to do so.

Hand-written cards really do make people smile.

And these days, who would it hurt to hand out some smiles?

 – Zac Smith, VC