In the spirit of National Card and Letter Writing Month, it's time to find a piece of paper, pick up a pen and write a note of encouragement to someone who could use a lift. If writing a note to a friend going through tough times seems daunting, here are a few tips to help you get started.
This is a great way to overcome fear of the blank page. Then you can share what the joke or quote means to you and why it's special for their situation.
It’s okay to say you don’t know what they are going through. Your job is to let your friend know that you're there for them and that they're not alone.
Use phrases with "you" rather than "I." Something as simple as you're in my thoughts shows the note is all about their well-being.
Whatever the issue, you probably can't fix anything. If you want to help, suggest you meet for a walk or pick them up something from the grocery store. Just offering to help goes a long way toward healing.
No matter how clumsy the words or bad the handwriting, if your letter comes from the heart you can’t miss.
Gina L. Mulligan is the author of Remember the Ladies and founder of Girls Love Mail, a nonprofit that collects hand-written letters of encouragement for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Since 2011, Girls Love Mail has given out more than 60,000 letters to women across the United States. Find out more at GirlsLoveMail.com.