Write Letters to Heal Pain, Release Anger, Let Go, and Start Living

Writing To Heal

No matter where my life takes me, I know I’ll always remember one vivid point in my life that changed everything. It happened one night back in October 2010.

I think many of us want to find that one moment that feels like a pivotal turning point in our lives. A moment when we leave our past behind, and get busy living. We stop making excuses and ready to do what it takes to have the life we want.

We wait for that moment to come. It’s frustrating because we have no idea when it will come. We hope it comes sooner than later though.

The truth is we are waiting for a moment that may never happen.

What if you could create that moment instead of waiting for it? 

You can do that through the power of writing. Writing can help you if you’ve got a lot of emotional baggage, have a lot of pain and anger, or feel stuck in life. It’s benefits have been scientifically proven.

It’s not only about writing, but more specifically writing letters.

It has turned my life around as it has for the four stories I share today.

Let’s jump in the Delorean, hit 88 mph, and go back in time first.

“I hate my life.”

Why did life turn out like this? I definitely didn’t expect this after graduating college.

I had a nice house filled with whatever I wanted, drove a BMW M3, and took long paid vacations every year. What was so bad about my life?

What I hated so much was my job.

I worked at my mom’s Japanese restaurant. The type of restaurant with teppanyaki tables and chefs cook in front of you. It’s a fun dining experience. We also served some of the best sushi. I’m biased of course, but lots of regular customers have said the same.

I started working there soon after I graduated college in 2000 since I had no idea what I wanted to do. I thought I’d work to earn some money and have something to do. My parents have owned restaurants before I even started kindergarten. So I’ve been around the business all of my life.

I didn’t mind it growing up, but I never thought it was going to be a career for me.

Most people thought life was great for me. From the outside, it looked like it. They assumed I would take over the business one day.

In my mind I thought no way. I hated my job. I would dream of natural disasters, or getting into an accident just so I didn’t have to work. Minus seeing regular customers who I’ve become friends with, I didn’t like anything about the business.

The life of a restaurant manager (my position) is tough. The money is good and can afford nice things, but it’s not worth what I had to deal with and the hours.

For example, when families are excited about Christmas Day, I didn’t look forward to it. Why? Because I had to work since that is one of THE busiest nights of the year. I don’t understand why so many people go out to eat that night. Sometimes I had to put on my best fake smile, and other times i didn’t even bother to hide my frustration.

I had good days and bad days at work. Most days, I’d dread going to work. During work, I’d be so pissed off. After work was the only time I was happy cause I got to go home.

For so long, I couldn’t figure out what other job I could do. I didn’t want to work in the restaurant any longer, but I had a mortgage that I couldn’t stop paying. Plus it’s family so it was harder to quit. I spent a lot of time researching other job opportunities. I kept waiting for that turning point in my life. I wanted to wake up and become a different person with a different life. I wanted to DO something with my life.

I spent five long years feeling like this.

The Power of Words 

One night in October 2010, I drove home from another shitty night at work. It was so busy. I already didn’t like my job, so when it was busy it was 100x worse.  I was physically, mentally, and emotionally drained. I just stared at the road, one hand on the wheel, and the other hand holding my head up wondering how life could have gotten like this.

Where was the younger version of myself that was going to do great things in life?

Nights like this were way too common. What was it going to take for me to get some urgency in life? I needed to stop wasting more years of my life! 

I just couldn’t find the motivation to do something about it.

You know how some people have a near death experience that makes them appreciate the second chance for life? They stop sleepwalking through life and start living life to its fullest. I wanted my own near death experience without actually having a near death experience.

Something about that night was different. I wish I could explain why. I’ve made that drive hundreds of times. I usually come home and do the same routine. I’d take a shower, go to my office, turn on the computer, turn on the TV and spend hours trying to forget about reality until I was tired enough to go to sleep.

That night when I got home I went to my computer first, opened up a blank document on my computer, and started typing. I wrote what came to my mind. I didn’t edit. I just let the words flow.

Despite hating my life, there was a part of me that knew I could do more in life.

Here is exactly what I wrote:

This is it. This is when I start to make changes to the life I want. It starts now. Stop wasting time. It’s been more than five years since you’ve wanted to find a new career. You need to start doing it today. Today. Tomorrow and everyday until you reach your desired lifestyle. Life is too short to be unhappy when working. Start working hard everyday to find your passion and reach your goals. Focus, focus, focus. Open your mind and allow it to attract great ideas and answers to your questions.

I printed two copies. One I put on my bathroom mirror and one on the wall right behind my computer. I knew I couldn’t miss seeing them everyday.

This was a wake up call for me. I still had my crappy job, but writing that letter changed my attitude about life. The life I wanted to create and the person I wanted to become wasn’t just a burning desire in my mind anymore. By writing it down, and seeing it every day, it became something I must do. The letter reminded me of that night and how I felt driving home. I didn’t want to feel like that anymore.

It was my near death experience without actually having to experience it. I decided from that day forward no more of the same old shit. What I wasn’t doing wasn’t working, so if I wanted to change, I had to change what I was doing. I needed to because I don’t know how much longer of that kind of life I could have handled.

No more waiting around for a miracle. I took life into my own hands.

Being Depressed Was a Good Day

I didn’t think much about the power of writing a letter until I read a book this year called “Love yourself like your life depends on it” by Kamal Ravikant. Once I started to read the book and the story of his transformation, I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend it if you feel stuck in life.

Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It

Kamal is a entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. He was in a low period of his life where the company he started was failing and a close friend had died. He said if he felt depressed, that would have been considered a good day.

Unwilling to take it anymore, he made a vow, and it changed his life.

Here is an excerpt from the book about that moment:

I was in a bad way. Miserable out of my mind. There were days when I’d lie in bed, the drapes closed, day outside sliding into night and back to day, and I just didn’t want to deal. Deal with my thoughts. Deal with being sick. Deal with heartache. Deal with my company tanking. Deal….with….life.

Here is what saved me.

I’d reached my breaking point. I remember it well. I couldn’t take it anymore. I was done. Done with all of this. This misery, this pain, this angst, this being me. I was sick of it, done.

Done. Done. Done.

And in that desperation, I climbed out of bed, staggered over to my desk, opened my notebook, and wrote:

“This day, I vow to myself to love myself, to treat myself as someone I love truly and deeply – in my thoughts, my actions, the choices I make, the experiences I have, each moment I am conscious, I make the decision I LOVE MYSELF.”

There was nothing left to say. How long it took me to write this, less than a minute perhaps. But the intensity, it felt like I was carving words onto paper, through the desk. I’d been disgusted with myself – I could love another and wish them well, but what about me? From now on, I would focus only on this thought. For me.

That was the moment that got him out of his darkest moments. It’s just simple letter to himself, but the impact was so powerful.

Stop the Universe from Hating You

It got me thinking. Are there many people like us who can look back to a moment when we wrote a letter as a turning point in our lives?

There has to be more. At this point, I just knew of my story and Kamal’s.

I began searching Google for more stories, but they weren’t easy to find. I had to try different keyword searches to find some. Finally I did.

During that time, a reader named Natalia replied to one of the emails that I send out to subscribers. The email is sharing some of the most inspiring words other readers have shared with me. One of them is “the universe doesn’t give a shit about you” (it’s true).

I asked her if I could share what she wrote and she agreed.

I really liked number 1 on this list, about the universe not giving a sh**t. It resonated with me a lot, particularly because, as a sophomore in college, I was more or less convinced that the universe hated me, just like Jon. In response to that, I actually wrote a letter to the universe about how we were clearly on the wrong foot and needed to talk things out. Like the universe was a person. I wrote it in a five page letter, which I kept stored in a notebook until I came across it recently, about 1.5 years later.

It’s funny, because for me, writing that letter was a huge turning point in my life. Things weren’t going the greatest then. A lot of people didn’t approve of the public, state university I transferred to (from a prestigious private one), my parents had just gotten a divorce, my brother became distant, I had some toxic friendships, I was a dried up failed tennis player, etc etc. For me, that letter was a turning point. In writing all the “offenses” that I felt the universe had done me, I allowed myself to move on and let go.

Amazingly, things DID get a lot better after that. So for me, it’s not so much a sentence that I repeat, but when I’m having a crappy day, I just think back to that letter and the decision to let go.

I love how she changed her life, but I wanted to know if she wrote the letter and forgot about, or remembered a huge weight being lifted off her shoulders after writing it.

I guess it was a little bit of both! I felt better after writing it, but I always feel better after journaling. It wasn’t until about 6 months after I wrote the letter that I truly realized it was a turning point in my life. The letter was, in a way, a giant complaining-fest: what was key about it was that it was the last time I sat around complaining without trying to make any changes. It was a wake-up call saying that I needed to actually TRY to make change happen instead of waiting for universe to hand me better circumstances. When I came across it 6 months after writing it, I reread it and thought, “Wow, I’m so glad I’m actually trying to do something now, as opposed to just sitting here and whining about how much things suck.” It’s just been 1.5 years since I wrote it now, and every time I have a crappy day, I think back to that letter and remind myself that I don’t want to be that person that just complains and does nothing to actually change it. I’d rather be actively trying (and perhaps failing, too) at changing my circumstances

than passively doing nothing and complaining.

By writing and expressing her feelings, it shifted her perspective and she decided to be 100% responsible for her life from that moment on.

Write a letter to heal emotional pain

From searching Google, I found stories of two women who have overcome traumatic emotional pain. I find their strength really inspiring because it’s so easy to just give up in life going through their experiences.

Here is a story of a woman who was raped and sexually abused. She built up a huge wall to protect herself and trusted no one. She carried a lot of anger and self hate. She found a way to heal.

After I was able to pinpoint where all my anger, hate, hurt, and feelings of being unworthy stemmed from, I was able to release it and finally be free.  After months and months of prayer, crying, and reliving the horrible past, I found myself in a place of inner peace. Everyone will have their own way of dealing with their hurt and releasing their pain.  My way was to write a release letter to each person who hurt me physically and mentally  (the abusers), emotionally (the ones who didn’t protect me), spiritually (God because part of me blamed him).  I wrote so many letters to so many people letting them know that I forgive them for what they did to me.  After I wrote the letters, I burned them and during the burning of them l vowed to release the hurt forever.  I also wrote a letter to myself forgiving myself for hating myself and promising myself to allow my heart, mind, and soul to heal.

That was 4 years ago.  Today, I am still healing and allowing myself to love me fully.  I have forgiven those who hurt me and I have released that hurt to the fire.  I am no longer consumed with hate and anger but now with living a peaceful and happy life.

The person I was years ago is not the person I am today…thankfully.

That is powerful. Because she wrote her feelings down on paper, then burned them, she was able to let go of so much anger and hurt. If not, she might still be living with all that emotional pain and unable to move on.

In this next story, a young woman was obese and struggled in life. She was sexually abused as a child, had depression, was in an abusive marriage with a man who treated her like crap. She felt like this is what she deserved. She wanted to hide from the world behind her weight. She built up a wall to not let anyone get close to her. Because of her weight, she easily got tired and had a hard time just standing.

One year into therapy her therapist suggested she write a series of letters. One set of letters would be to herself.

Here is an excerpt from her May – June 2010 letter.

“I am fat and disgusting. I hate the way I look in the mirror. I see people looking at me and wonder if they are thinking “that woman is huge.” I don’t bother with new clothes or makeup because what’s the point of putting lipstick on something ugly. I have never felt pretty or beautiful or sexy…

I’m not worthy of anyone. I am unlovable. I will never get healthy. I will never not be depressed. I can’t understand why my husband would ever want to touch me. I will never be a normal person. I will never be happy. I am weak. I am a monster.”

Although pointing out all her flaws might hurt, it is effective. It’s as if needed to say how she really felt, get it off her chest, then do something about it. Soon after she wrote that, she decided to be serious about losing weight. Her life depended on it because her health was deteriorating.

Weight loss was going great, then two days before Christmas that year, her husband admitted to having an affair with someone younger and wanted a divorce. Despite the divorce, she kept pushing herself to lose weight.

She was down 48 pounds, but hit another stressful point in her life. She filed for bankruptcy, but did graduate from her master’s program and began dating another guy. However she did gain ten pounds, so she got serious about losing weight again.

In the end, she lost 50.6 pounds. A huge achievement! Before she got tired just from walking, but now could hike 5 miles in 2 hours. She could also jog for 2.5 miles.

In her blog post, losing weight wasn’t the most important thing.

However, to me, the loss of my emotional weight has been more important. I have let go of 50 pounds of hurt, pain, anger, and sadness. The moment I started thinking I was worthy of more, right after I wrote that letter, was the moment I started being successful. As the inches and pounds dropped off, I also worked to lose that mental burden of feeling unworthy, undeserving, and disgusting. Even through all the turmoil, I have found inner strength I never knew I had. I deserve to be happy and feel complete at any weight. I am beautiful no matter what. I can handle anything that is thrown at me. Once I saw this, my outside started to resemble my inside.

Just know you can get through. You can persevere no matter what life throws at you. It’s not easy and it’s not a cakewalk every single day. But it does get easier and before you know it, two years have gone by and you cannot believe how far you have come.

A great inspirational story. I’m so happy she was able to find a way to turn her life around. I’m positive she would not have been able to lose weight if she hadn’t lost emotional weight first. She had to realize she deserves to be happy and beautiful.

She was able to do all that by writing her thoughts and feelings down on paper.

She wrote how she felt two years beginning her transformation.

“I’m worthy of someone who loves, values, and respects me. I am healthy and will continue to be healthier. I have my moments, but I am no longer depressed. I feel sexy and confident and certainly have B’s attention. I may never be a normal person, but I love who I am. I am happy. I am strong. I am not a monster.”

That is a huge change from how she thought of herself earlier.

Writing to Heal is Scientifically Proven 

There is something beneficial when writing your thoughts down. I just gave you only five examples, but there must be so many more.

When subscribers get the very first email from me, I ask what is one problem they are struggling with. I get many responses and some think they are a bit crazy telling their problems to a stranger (they’re not). Sometimes at the end of that email, they will say how much better it feels getting their problems off their chest.

It’s not just a feeling, but has been proven scienfitically to have benefits.

The earliest and most important work was directed by James W. Pennebaker, a psychology professor who became deeply interested in the physical and mental benefits of self disclosure.

He did an experiment to test it out. He gathered a group of students who were asked to write about their own traumatic experiences for 20 minutes, on three consecutive days. Serving as a control group were an equal number of students asked to write about unimportant matters.

The results showed that, firstly, the amount of undisclosed trauma in the life of the average American student was surprisingly high. Secondly, there was a marked difference between the two groups in terms of the impact of the writing exercise. In those who had written of trivial matters, there was no change either in their physical or mental health. In contrast, those who had written about traumatic experiences showed a marked strengthening of their immune system, decreased visits to the doctor and significant increases in psychological well-being. These findings were measured using physiological markers (long term serum measures, antibody levels, cell activity, enzyme levels, muscular activity, etc.), behavioural markers and self-report (distress, depression, etc.).

In another study in the 1990s of people with AIDS, those who wrote about their diagnosis and how it had affected their lives experienced a beneficial increase in white blood cell counts and a drop in their viral loads.

The basic writing framework now, as introduced by Pennebaker and now widely used by therapists, involves participants writing about traumatic or emotional experiences for 3–5 sessions, often over consecutive days, for 15–20 minutes per session. Here is what typical sessions include.

For the next 4 days, I would like you to write your very deepest thoughts and feelings about the most traumatic experience of your entire life or an extremely important emotional issue that has affected you and your life. In your writing, I’d like you to really let go and explore your deepest emotions and thoughts. You might tie your topic to your relationships with others, including parents, lovers, friends or relatives; to your past, your present or your future; or to who you have been, who you would like to be or who you are now. You may write about the same general issues or experiences on all days of writing or about different topics each day. All of your writing will be completely confidential.

Don’t worry about spelling, grammar or sentence structure. The only rule is that once you begin writing, you continue until the time is up.

You don’t need to see a therapist to do the exercises. The beauty of writing a letter is that anyone can do it. It’s completely free. All you have to do is put down your thoughts to paper.

How to Write Your Letter

Here are some steps to get you started.

1. Find a quiet spot where you are free from distractions. Get a notebook, journal or pieces of paper and a pen.

2. Write the letter. Don’t hold back. Don’t stop what comes to your mind. This letter is for you. No one else has to see it.

3. Proper grammar, sentence structure and punctuation are not important. Don’t worry about editing your writing. Just keep going until you feel the pain subsiding and you feel as though your writing is complete. No need to go back and edit unless you want to do so.

4. If you need closure to a situation, you can destroy your writing through ripping it up or burning it. As you destroy it, let all that anger and hate go with it.

What should you write about? 

Here are some ideas.

  • If you have a lot of anger, pain, or grudges, write it out and let everything out. Don’t hold it inside of you anymore.
  • If you have someone in your life that has caused you pain, write a letter to that person. Get it all off your chest. Then burn the letter (in a safe place outside of course).
  • If you’re frustrated with your life, write down what is frustrating. Write down what you know you should be doing but you are not.
  • If you believe the universe hates you, write a letter talking to it as if it’s a person. What do you really want to say?
  • If you complain and whine all the time, write what you complain and whine about. What makes you upset?
  • Write as if you’re talking to yourself. What would you say to get you to move on with your life? Let that person inside of you that wants to do more in life, talk to the person that’s holding you back.

The more you don’t hold back when writing, the better you will feel.

Final Thoughts

Writing a letter isn’t like genie granting a wish. Your dreams won’t come true just because you write a letter.

Writing your thoughts on paper is the beginning of the process. For those with pain, it begins the healing process. It gets the engine starting. It breaks the chains that have been holding you back.

I encourage you to write you letter to help you let go of the past, so you can move forward in life.


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35 responses to Write Letters to Heal Pain, Release Anger, Let Go, and Start Living

  1. One of the recent, little items I’ve sold from my little, online store was a button that said “Writing heals.” and it’s true. Writing can and does heal. Especially when you really open yourself up, no bars. It can ease emotions – anger, sadness, pain, etc, no matter how strong they may be. It can give you perspective. It can help you find solutions or new directions.

    I had some, dark times in junior high and writing certainly helped in my healing process, as I grew and went to high school and beyond. I found out how creative I could be in writing, found my true voice in writing and that it did help heal. It’s still freeing and healing to do today.

  2. I completely agree with you. Writing is cathartic and important to absolving yourself of negativity. It is a way of getting your bottled-up feelings OUT. When I was younger, I used to write love letters to guys, but never gave them to their intended recipient. Just writing about my feelings was enough. I have kept journals over the years, cataloging my life. I hope to compile them into an autobiography someday, or at least, use them as a guide. Writing is a valuable exercise. More valuable than people realize!

    • Thanks for sharing your experience! I’m glad to hear how much it has helped you. I hope someone will read about your experience with it and start writing as a way to let go of so much that they hold inside.

  3. Shivendra Sangwan May 29, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Sometime i feel everything happens at the perfect time, I got my semester result today and it wasn’t good at all, I read this post and now i know what to do next, will start writing. Thanks to you Benny i have started my blog too. Stay awesome!

    • Yes definitely do it. Just write down your feelings. Let it out. But then also write out what you will do to do better next time.

  4. Love hearing your story Benny! I’ve been trying to make writing a much bigger priority in my own life lately. Not just to deal with pain and frustration, but as a daily habit to process everything. I’ve been enjoying Day One journal which makes it easy.

    I wish I had a letter from years ago to look back on! Such a cool story and thanks for sharing!

    • Day One journal is a great journal! I like that is syncs to all devices. I’ve been working on doing more journaling as well now. Glad you enjoyed my story! Had no idea if it would work or not for me, but writing helped a lot.

  5. I used to use this method all the time. Somewhere along the way I stopped. Don’t ask me why because I haven’t got a clue. Now that you have brought it to my attention again, I’m anxious to get into it again.

    • Same here Glynis. I used it before to help me so recently I’ve been doing more journaling to get my thoughts out.

  6. Some powerful stuff there Benny. I have to check the book out. I know how you feel having worked in the food business. It was the hardest work I ever did. I also think that you never get the feeling of accomplishment and that every day becomes like the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. There is never the feeling that it will end. The old saying when you find your true calling you will never work a day in your life.
    Of course now that you are married you have just beginning the fun part. Thank God you found it in you to start the new life. I love how you two have balanced work and a fun life.
    By the way whens the next trip?

    • Thanks Paul. I respect those people that love working in the restaurant business. They’re not there to just collect a paycheck either. I know how hard it is. I see how hard my parents work and the stress they have to deal with. Yeah it does feel like Groundhog’s day. 10 years from now, I’d be doing the same thing probably. Some things would be different of course, but the responsibilities and what needs to be done would feel the same.

      Next trip is likely Portland in July for World Domination Summit. After that, we don’t know yet. 🙂

  7. It feels like this post showed up on my Reader at the perfect time. Wow!

    First off, I have to say that whatever you posted is absolutely true. It’s something that I used to do a lot, but after a while, just like another reader had said, I stopped. I don’t know why… but I stopped. After reading this post, I want to get it started already. I want just want to dump my worries in the bin so that I can focus on the awesome stuff that’s all around us. I had written one on Notepad a few weeks back, and its something that I have a look at every single day, just to remind myself what to do. But I guess I need to go back to the formal ways of things… paper.

    Thanks for the push, bro.

    P.s. I bookmarked this post so that I get to be kicked out of that emotion when things just don’t seem to happen, from now.. if ever… 🙂

  8. Hello Benny, everyone,
    Thanks for all the wonderful stories of trying to break free of old tramatic pains. I’ve been stuck myself for 20 years, I dropped out of collage, moved back home and haven’t left, I’ve seen so many other people move forward in life, people with bad character, get married, be self reliant, just so many things that everyone wants in life. I blamed it on everything, my father, my mother, god, you name it, I blamed it. but I never really took responsablity for my own feelings. I knew something was wrong,I finally made it to docter . I relized I suffered From a few things, depression,anixtey, some paranoya,even bi-polar.(forgive my spelling, I’m just excited to write) these are all treatable.

    • Hey Larry, glad to hear you’re getting help for it. Hope you can get back control of your life and live your life the way you want.

  9. It was really nice one and the stories described in it were inspiring. I will try to cultivate this habit inside me and i am sure it will help alot.

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    just love yourself and what you do

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  15. This is a fabulous article. Only sometimes, at least in my experience, I think if the hurt and anger has to do with certain people, sometimes the only way to be released is to heal your relationships with them, unless it’s someone who isn’t in your life anymore and that you can forget about. I have been really unhappy for years, and it was only a couple months ago that I pinpointed where it was all coming from.
    I did journal about it, but instead of feeling better I started dwelling on it all the time and getting more angry until I repeatedly would blame those people inside of myself every-time I spoke with them.
    Because if you are really angry and hurt at someone else, you can try to release it, but the pain will remain every-time you see them and it will come back eventually. You will become angry that they are so oblivious to the way they have hurt you, and then you’ll realize you can’t heal a problem with another person except by talking to them and working it out together. And the other person can’t be released either, because they are still being held under your anger, even if you are trying to let go.

  16. Always tearful, lot of memories even if I try to forget it still make me tearful. Have you ever been punched like you in a street fight, have you ever been pushed to the ground and hear the sound of your neck( spine) fluid running towards your head , have a chunk of your hair ever been ripped off your skull? Have you ever been slapped on your cheek and hear the sound of it travelling to the far rooms aways from where you are, I am afraid to suffocate-have you had you nose and your mouth tightly closed so you don’t cry or scream?? In the middle of cold icey winter have you ever tried to run for your life naked and bare footed and cant make it to far spend 2hour outside in the cold and by the grace of God never got sick after I just recover from being sick with cold and flu.

  17. Hi, I found interesting the article and I do want to write the letters, but I don’t feel that I should burn them, I really want to send them. How they will know how i feel i don’t send them? I mean, i am not going to write a hateful letter but honest.
    any thoughts on this?

    • The way I describe isn’t for the benefit of others. It’s to benefit the person writing the letter. It’s to help someone let go of the past, get stuff off their chest, put their thoughts and feelings that they have been holding onto paper. I’ve gotten many emails from people who tell me about their problems and at the end they’ll say that just by writing the email they’re already starting to feel better.

      But you could send your letter to the other person if you feel like they should know how you feel. So if you want to send them and that’ll help you and make you feel better, then definitely do it.

    • Send it anonymously so you get it out and know it was shared

  18. I found this article to be very intriguing. From my teenage years on I have always went to paper to write out my feelings. Some I keep and read over and over again. Some I share but mostly I like to shred them. It’s a huge stress reliever for me. I never knew it was scientifically proven though! That’s pretty cool

  19. I recently wrote a letter to someone who hurt me terribly, but I made the mistake of sending it. I feel better either way. But was it a mistake sending a letter to someone who most likely scoffed at it or wrote it off as insane?

    • We found that to be the case with a lot of letters. So we made a place to “test the waters” and post without being named. So many times the letter is not received well and it adds more stress than before.

  20. John William Northam October 25, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    I love this article
    today i woke up with a bad memory i
    of my dad
    i decided to write a lettee about how he treated me and what i would like to tell him
    i learned what i should never do and what i might should not have done
    i did the same on other hurtful things
    i looked up angry letters to see what others say
    this article showed me how benefical it can be

  21. This article truly help me. I always do the same thing, wrote letters, jotting down my thoughts, and letting all the words came out of my mind. You know that one life in a moment when nobody get you. Like you have to do something for yourself that you know you cant because something pulls you back down.

  22. This is the exact reason we developed Letyr.com . Writing letters is extremely valuable and can provide a lot of relief. For some they don’t have a way to complete the process by posting or sharing so we created our site for people to have access to all the time. We are curious what readers of this post think the research should further explore to better understand how writing can really impact us even more. Great read!

  23. I tried righting but i get so stressed because My spelling is terrible and i get angry coZ i can’t exspress my self