Today, I started compiling a list of people who've made an impact on my life, with the aim of sending them handwritten notes of appreciation. Unlike the occasional spur of the moment emails I send folks who inspire me, this will be a thoughtful, ongoing effort. I aim to make this a consistent practice, using it as an opportunity to reflect on how each individual has touched my life. Handwriting these notes will encourage me to add a personal touch which is lacking in most modern communication mechanisms I regularly use. While my main goal is to express gratitude, it's also a conscious way to inject some extra kindness into the world. If you have someone you value, consider taking a moment to let them know, if you haven't recently.