2. 4.14. MICHIGAN


It is the middle of Michigan’s second polar vortex. My dog needs to go out so I am taking her for a walk in the subzero weather. I am coming into the end of my second year in medical school, feeling the grind, but aware that I have to keep my head up because the next three years are even harder. I see an envelop stuck deliberately in the snow beneath a bush. I pick it up. “Read me” it says. I look over my shoulder. Twice. Inside is a note of encouragement. It is helpful. Given the neighborhood and the density of med students here, I wonder if it was written by someone who understands the difficulty of the training. It sure seems like it. I share it with my class. They love it. That letter brightened many people’s Monday.


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Hi stranger,

I’m going through a mentally difficult time. Stress leave, depression treatment, I was on my back from counselling (no apt available) and I was extremely down and on the verge of crying. The library was too crowded, wifi was slow, I couldn’t concentrate and i felt i looked horrible and everyone was starring at me. I was in no mood to be anywhere. I couldn’t log into the computer, but this did catch my eye. Im going to take it with me everywhere to remind me that though it didnot chear me up or make my problems go away, there are people out there that are half decent.


From the person hiding away crying.



2. 4.14. U OF M

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I work at U of M full time and am also going to nursing school full time. Mondays start my chaotic weeks that result in very little sleep and not enough hours to get things done. I dread Mondays. At 6:15 AM, this morning (Monday), this is what I found and what made my day. I love random acts of kindness. Thank you, stranger who left me this amazing note. I need all the help and support I can to get through every day, especially Mondays. You rock!




1.25.14. AUSTIN, TX


Just going through my daily routine at work. And feeling a little tired and emotional that day. And some co workers found this and wouldn’t open it. I, being nosey and curious, opened it and found my self genuinely smiling. I don’t know who the person was, but thank you. This made my day so much better. I’m glad I found it.



1.25.14. WOODBURY, MN

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Today my mom and I were browsing around the library in Woodbury, MN when we came across a book called Gutsy Girls: Young Women Who Dare.  My mom was looking through the book and as she was about to put it back on the shelf, she saw this had been tucked next to it.  We decided to borrow the book and read the letter together.  We have both had very rough weeks and this letter came at the perfect time.  Whoever wrote this letter, you are an amazing person and lifted the spirits of two people who really needed it!  I can’t wait to write my own love letter for someone to find!




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I found this in the locker I use at the gym. January 21,2014. It brightened my day at 5:00 am. I try to pay to forward with small simple acts, try to share a smile etc.  but this was the first time something like this happened to me.  It was a great way to start my day with a kind act when there is so much going on in the world!!! I can’t wait to pay it forward!!!!





I found this letter today in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It was a sticky on the seat of the bus (Route 5, to be exact). For the duration of my ride, I wondered how different the world would be if everyone got a personalized affirmation of their own, from someone else or from within.  If only we can all take the time each day to cherish the light in ourselves and others.  This note is a reminder to step outside of my feelings of loneliness, and know that I do matter in this world. Someone took the time to tell me so much!

Thank you to the author and this initiative. I left the note for someone else to experience this blessing and I will definitely be writing some love letters of my own.



1.16.14. KANSAS CITY, KS.

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Hi there,

I found this today 1/16/14 in the bathroom at the hospital I work for-University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, KS. I was having such a crappy day and then I found this. It’s so refreshing to know that there are tons of people out there willing to spread love & joy to others. Even my co-worker said “You needed that today!” She’s so right. Thank you to the amazing stranger who took the time to make my day a little better. I can’t wait to spread the love!



Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 2.47.50 PMI go to Mississippi College and after an hour of studying in our library, I decided to go get a book to read for fun!  I had read two whole chapters before the book fell open to this!!!  A love letter that was exactly what I needed to hear!!!!  I had been having a stressful week filled with classes and tense relationships, but this letter dared me to embrace life and lift up those friend, but more than anything, it dared me to be brave.  The letter will stay in my heart forever as a moment of clarity that will have a lasting effect!!! I am changing the way I interact with people and being braver in my life than ever before!!!  I can’t wait to spread the love myself!!!!!

1.10.14. LONG ISLAND, NY


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I found this love note on January 10th, 2014 in a book store. I could not have found it at a better time in life, for a little encouragement for what I’ve been feeling all along, and so beautifully written too. I want to thank whoever wrote it and stuck it into the hobbit, it truly was one of the nicest surprises to receive!

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