A little hello.

Hiya,

One million lovely letters is something I’ve been working on since I was eleven. Ever since Ms Wrights Science Class in Year 7 I have been leaving people notes. In between text books, on buses, in libraries and as I got older in pubs, restaurants and as I got a little older in doctors surgeries and hospital beds – anywhere I thought that maybe someone might need a little bit of cheering up, reassurance or just a reminder that actually they are pretty lovely.  It’s never been a “thing” – just something I’ve done. I think everyone deserves to know that they are thought of and they are loved. Even if it is by a complete stranger.

This is where my idea for One Million Lovely Letters has come from. Although I hope every little note I’ve left someone, somewhere has reached someone who needed it – I’m pretty sure some may have fell too far down the side of the bus seat. In the UK alone there are 62,641,000 people, in the whole wide world there are 7,038,044,500. The average person has 3 close friends and 19 “mates” so take that off and you are still left with seven billion thirty-eight million forty-four thousand four hundred and seventy eight strangers.  And all of those strangers have at least one day where they could use a little lift.

So this is a call out. To every other person  on the planet – I’m going to write you a letter. A letter just to make the day a bit better or to remind you of the bloody amazing stuff about you that you’ve forgotten because we all forget once in a while.

If you would like a letter you can email me at : onemillionlovelyletters@gmail.com
Please include your address and the reason why you need a little lift and I will send you a little hug in an envelope.

Love,

Jodi x

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80 thoughts on “A little hello.

  1. HiJodi
    I am Sam’s ‘much’ older cousin haha, Bri is my uncle and Sam and my girls spent a lot of time together whilst growing up. Unfortunately over the last few years with life getting busier we haven’t seen as much of each other but our bonds are still there.
    Your post made me cry what a wonderful caring person you are, I know for a fact if I had ever found one of your lovely letters it would of brightened my day no matter what I was feeling. I am really pleased that you will be joining our family and hope to meet you soon. Kx

  2. Dear Jodi, I think you are one seriously beautiful Spirit. I wish you luck with your letters, I would love to receive one, but I will instead ask that when you need a pick up you let us all know so we can return the favor. Thank you so much for leaving some love in the world wherever you go. #HopeInHumanityRestored

  3. Wow what a selfless and lovely thing to do! An inspiration! Your little hello made me think about people in my life whether personal or professional and how I should do more to tell them they are beautiful people. I work away all the time and don’t see my family much but I will now ring and tell them how special they are!

    Thanks

  4. Dear Jodi,

    I just wanted to let you know that today I received one of your beautiful letters. I am a third year student nurse and recently I have been feeling overwhelmed with the amount of work that I have. Your letter has put a smile on my face, you have made my day and have given me the inspiration to keep on going. You are such a beautiful person thank you so much Avril x

  5. Thank you Jodi. I recieved one of your letters today and it made my day, and made me cry (in a good way).
    I don’t think I will ever know who gave you my details, but I am very glad they did. More people should be as thoughtfull as you.
    You truely are inspiring.
    Thank you for my ray of sunshine 😀 x

  6. What a beautiful idea and a wonderful way to spread a little happiness in this world I hope you can keep sending your letters x

  7. Jodi, I received your letter and to say it brought a smile to my face is an understatement! It’s a truly brilliant and selfless thing you are doing and I hope you realise how much happiness this small gesture is giving! I’m going to pass my happiness on to my friends and family x x well done jodi x x x

  8. I had my letter this morning and it brought a tear to my eye, such a wonderful sweet letter and its an absolute ray of sunshine.
    I cannot thankyou enough jodi, you are a beautiful soul xxxxx

  9. Have you thought about taking a pic & collating these online? I think it would be really nice & sweet to read them, also people could tweet, fb etc little ‘notes’ and ‘spread the love’ ???
    *hugz*

    p.s. I think you’re absolutely ace for doing this!

  10. Thank you so much. I had a terrible day, then I came home and found your letter. I have not cried that much in ages, but when I stopped I became happy again. Thank you so so much Jodi.

  11. dear Jodi,
    i have just got my letter in the post i had no idea it was coming because my sister contacted you as i was in hospital what you said in your letter was beautiful and made me really happy i think its amazing what you do, thank you so much
    love Eija .xo

  12. Jodi, what an amazing idea and a kind thing to do. I think we all need a little reminder sometimes. I hope that with every letter you write you realise what a kind and amazing person YOU are for thinking of this. I just read about you on the dailymail website so I’m guessing you will have a lot more letter requests now so I wont ask for one now but maybe in a few months/years. Vanessa xx

  13. You’re a little gem, reading this has left a little smile on my face after a day of trivial, unimportant silly little hiccups. So glad there are people like you left in the world, gives me hope for the rest of us 🙂 keep sparkling xxx

  14. I received your letter in Japan, Jodi! Thank you so much,
    As everyone on here has said, you made my day. I haven’t found the right Godzilla outfit to run around in yet, but when I do, I’ll send you a pic.
    Arigatou gozaimasu!

  15. I read about you in a article in the newspaper and its one of the most amazing things I read. I never come across anyone so selfless and caring about total strangers this way. I find you a real inspiration !

  16. To a lovely lady with a big heart, Thankyou for Writting these letters. The world people definitely need to hear how amazing they are. All we need is a reminder or someone to state the obvious sometimes…… We are strong, and fundamentally kind at heart. But when individuals are abused or dis- eased by the negative reminders in life, the respective is skewed and districting behaviours can result. Thankyou for being there, doing this wonderful task, keep going, show them they are worthy with your beautiful spirit. X

  17. This genuinely makes me feel I don’t do anywhere near enough (which I don’t.) A true true inspiration.

    Loads of love Bickley! Keep up the hard, and very much needed, work!

    x

  18. “The charity that hastens to proclaim its good deeds, ceases to be charity, and is only pride and ostentation.”

    1. I’m not a charity. Nor have I sort recognition. People who have liked the project have done that for me. OMLL is something I do because I have time whilst being poorly. Not only do I think your comment is obnoxious but down right mean – I have no idea why out of all the things you could do with your time you would decide that that was a lovely thing to do with yours. It isn’t but I hope you feel real happy with yourself for coming up with such a low comment. What a wonderful person you are. Seriously. Amazing. Have a lovely day.

    2. Hutton:

      You are suffering under the weight of your own pretentiousness (not to mention your misanthropy). Perhaps you missed this one in kindergarten: “If you can’t say anything nice; don’t say anything at all.”

    3. Hutton you are a sanctimonious pretentious twat. I celebrate both the fact that people like Jodi do what she does AT HER OWN EXPENSE and that I will never know you. You are an irrelevance.

  19. I am tearing up and I dont know you and havent read any of you, what I am sure are wonderful little notes, letters… You deserve to know from someone else that you have a huge heart and what you do, is not only wonderful but incredibly selfless.

    What a great thing to do. Thank you from us all for making the effort.

  20. a little hello from Greece…I can not express myself in English very well…but I can tell you for sure that I am moved by your story…I really do not know many people – maybe I am one of them – who spend their energy in making other people happy!!! That is the most decent and kind thing to do!!! To be more specific, I am not only moved by your story, I am moved by you!!! Thank you so much for making me smile tonight…smile at your existence which makes our world a better place!!!!
    Lot’s of love

  21. What a lovely person you are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hope you get better soon and keep making people happier!!!!!!!!
    You deserve all the happiness in the world!!!!!!!!

  22. Hi Jodi what an amazingly thoughtful and kind gesture u are giving to (probably thousands by now) of strangers. Most of us rarely tell our loved ones how awesome they are let alone a stranger. Ignore the comments from those who don’t understand it, its their probelm not yours! Keep doing what ur doing, as so many have said – its inspiring! love from ur cousin in-law to be 🙂 xx

  23. Thank you Jody x Sometimes I’m not half bad am I?! I wish you all the joy & blessings that such good deeds can bring.

  24. There are moments in a person’s life when one cries, mostly after seeing something staggering (for me it is mostly the wonders of nature and music), something that conjures the most ineffable and mystical of human emotions. However on fewer occasions it happens after experiencing the beauty of words written by someone. I can soulfully say that this is one of those moments.
    And I wish to thank you for giving me this moment.
    May the light of love and peace, perpetually, shine upon you and on those you touch.

  25. Hi Jodi, a couple of months ago while I was in bed ill my boyfriend gave me a letter that had come for me in the post. What I didn’t know was that he had wrote to you and told you that we were expecting out first baby, and that I wasn’t having an easy pregnancy and had been very ill and was struggling a lot with it. Reading your letter actually made me cry happy tears and I continued to carry it around with me during the rest of my pregnancy. When I was ill just reading it cheered me up and still now when I’m worrying about had good a mother I am, and I’m doubting myself I read it. What you do is so amazing and I love how something as simple as your letters can change someone’s day. Thank you so much for my letter, I have now placed it in my daughters memory book so she can read it when shes older so she knows there are amazing people in this world just like you 🙂

  26. Thankyou for my beautiful letter today requested from my son Matt, although it made me cry bucket loads your words were so kind and true. Thankyou again xx Lisa xx

  27. I just got you Lovely Letter today. And it came on the perfect day! I really needed a pick me up. You made me smile and not feel so bad….THANK YOU! You are a generous women with a kind and loving heart! Many Blessing from Virginia in the USA!

  28. Hi Jodi

    My wife is the lucky recipient of one of your awesome letters. To say it brightened her day when it arrived on the doorstep would be an understatement. She cried (joyous tears!). The letter now sits on her bedside cabinet. I know she still reads it.
    Writing a letter is a relatively simple act but the power and impact those words can have cannot be underestimated.
    One million lovely blessings to you. You deserve only great things in your life.

  29. Jodi, I received your letter today. It brightened my day.

    You’ve reminded me that I’m worth something in this world and I deserve more in life.

    Thanks to you, I’ll not settle for anything less than magic.

    You’re a beautiful lady inside and out. Continue spreading the magic and making this world a better place
    Xx

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