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You want to write. But who will you write to? Here are ten people whose day you can brighten with a letter.

10 Letters to Write Today

Nothing can make someone's day like receiving a handwritten letter in the mail. Forget quick, impersonal emails. They just aren't the same thing. So slow things down with some "snail mail" that will leave a lasting impression. Something that will be appreciated, displayed, and kept for years to come.

Can't think of who to write to? We've compiled the perfect list of letters every person should write once in their life.

Grab your favorite Paper Mate Ink Joy gel pen and get started!

Write a letter to your parents
This one should be the easiest to write. Thank your parents for all they have done. They will appreciate your thoughtfulness and the time you took far more than you know.

Write a letter to your favorite teacher or mentor
Reach out to that person who impacted your life the most. Write about how they built your foundation and tell them how much you've accomplished.

Write a letter to your congressperson (or president)
Express your thoughts and concerns about a topic or two that is of concern. Don't be afraid to share a compliment or just express your support. Your opinion matters!

Write a letter to your future self to open in 5 years
Reflect on who you are now and where you want to be. Write about your dreams and goals. Seal in an envelope with a "Do not open before 20__". Open in 5 years to see if you accomplished them. (And if you forget about the letter, no problem. It will be that much more meaningful).

Write a letter to someone who inspires you
From your favorite author to an admired scientist to environmental activist. Make it more than just a "fan letter." Thank them for the meaning they've given to your life. And how their words motivate you.

Write a letter to a soldier
Thank a soldier for their courage and all they do for our country. Find out if you can what their favorite hobbies, sports teams, or something topical. Wish them a safe return to their loved ones.

Start a pen pal
Write to someone in another state or in another country. Ask them questions about what life is like in their country. Learn about their customs and culture.

Send a postcard from somewhere meaningful
Send a postcard to a friend or family member from a vacation, exciting destination, or somewhere that means something special to you. Write about what you are doing and the fun you are having. This will be the perfect keepsake to make your memories last a lifetime!

Other ideas
Get back in touch with a friend you haven't seen in a few years.

Write a letter to a friend in another state/country. Ask them how they are doing and what have been up to.

Write a letter to your pet's veterinarian, along with a small photo of your pet, to let them know how much they appreciate you, especially if they've been in lately.

Everyone deserves a personal thank you every now and again.

The power of a handwritten letter is priceless. And who knows, you might receive a handwritten letter in your mailbox.

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