Happy Mail [Happ-ee Meyl]
Letters, packages etc. intended to make the recipient feel delighted, pleased or glad, that are sent and delivered by the postal system.
Who isn’t delighted by a personal letter, postcard or package landing in their mailbox, especially in today’s worrying times? Some of you may know that I already regularly correspond via snail mail, but now more than ever I think that it is important to bring a smile to people’s faces. Earlier in the week, I put a shout out on my Facebook profile asking if any of my friends (near or far) would like a letter or postcard sent to them and as a result, I’ve got mail going out to places such as Sweden, USA (Florida) and even as far as St Helena (an island in the South Atlantic Ocean)!
Happy mail can be something as small as a postcard with a few words on, a letter (as short or as long as you’d like) or even a package of goodies. It’s just something you think would put a smile on someone’s face.
So, who could you write to? Anyone! Friends, family… Think about who would be cheered up by some happy mail. Do you have elderly relatives self-isolating? Don’t forget, residents in care homes would be very grateful for some happy mail! Even if you don’t know anybody in a care home, you can address a postcard to “The Residents” at a care home to brighten their day.
I’ve got a friend who’s had a tough time lately, so I decided to surprise her with a postcard. It’s just a small gesture, but I hoped it would put a smile on her face. Yesterday, I received a message saying:
“Awwww Nikki, thanks so much for my card, I’ve just received it! It’s really cheered me up and definitely a bit of me! It’s going up on my wall when I can get it framed!!!”
So in return, it put a smile on my face too!
To make my mail that bit happier, I like to decorate my envelopes. Nothing too extravagant, I just use rubber stamps and some colouring pencils. It’s simple but effective and I’ve had some lovely comments about them.
Will you be writing any letters or sending any happy mail during the lockdown?