Pink Envelopes of Joy

I think this is a great idea, but everyone else thinks I’m going to get arrested.

That’s right; it’s what it says on the tin.

Pink Envelopes of Joy are little messages of friendly encouragement or wisdom, posted to your doormat. Not particularly original or radical, but nice nonetheless. I hope.

Pink Envelopes of Joy

Go forth! My little messengers of YAY!

As part of generally becoming more awesome, I felt I should spread more happiness and this seemed like a good idea. There are only nine in circulation at the moment, but I have disassembled the tenth envelope that came in the pack to use as the template to clone more. The sacrificial lamb, or sheep, as such.

I say nine, two are still burning a hole in my coat pocket – I’ve been keeping them on me in case I come across opportune letterboxes, but it’s surprisingly difficult.

So where have I been dropping these cheery notes?

  • Houses, not flats
    I didn’t want to abandon them on the shared doormats of shared accommodation, in case everyone glances at it and no one picks it up.
  • Open spaces
    I’ve placed a couple in public spaces, in spots where I think someone might actually go so far as to open something not addressed to them.
  • On the person
    I did even consider slipping them into the open bags or pockets on the commute to work. I haven’t carried this out though, as it might be rather awkward if I’m caught pink-handed as it were. And the finder might feel somewhat violated if they discover a message on their person, evidencing a stranger’s hands inside their property.

The messages inside the cards range from snippets of poetry to quotes of sageliness.

  • I have been warned about careful wording for an unknown audience
    e.g., “DO IT. Today!” opened by a suicidal depressive.
  • I have been warned about breaking up marriages
    e.g., “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.” opened by a jealous husband.
  • I have also been warned about raising false hopes
    e.g., “I think you are BEE-YOO-TI-FUL.” opened by a lonely heart.

I have carefully considered these warnings. I still think the Pink Envelopes of Joy are a worthy project. Originally, I was going to leave a link to this blog on the back, but was advised that this was too self-promotional. As such, I sincerely hope they are bringing joy out there, and not chaos or death, but have no means of knowing. Ever.

What do you think? Good idea? Or weird creepiness? Look I discovered I can make a poll – vote below to check it works!