Between text messages and video calls, writing a letter might seem a little old-fashioned.
However, writing letters is a great way to connect with others and share a little joy. They’re personal and give the recipient something tangible to hold, which often seems more meaningful than a notification on their phone.
Often, letters even become keepsakes to come back to as the years pass by and to share with the next generation.
There are benefits for the writer, too. Writing letters — especially letters of gratitude — can increase your happiness and satisfaction with life.
One way to make your letter unique is by opening with a silly greeting. This is a sure way to brighten the reader’s day and put a smile on their face.
Below, we have the list of over 30 funny ways to start a letter. We also share some tips for writing a great letter.
- Ahoy, Matey!
- Howdy, Partner.
- Greetings, Earthling.
- What’s shakin’, bacon?
- You’ve got mail.
- What’s cookin’, good lookin’?
- ‘Ello, Gov’nor.
- Top of the mornin’ to ya.
French for “hello”
Hawaiian for “hello”
- Guten Tag
German for “hello”
Japanese for “hello”
- What’s up, Doc?
- What’s crackalackin’?
- Hello, Sunshine!
- What’s poppin’, Chica?
- Greetings and salutations.
- How you doin’?
Joey’s famous quote from “Friends”
- Toodle-ooh, good morning to you.
- Whaddup, Brah?
- Sup, Homie?
- Peek-a-boo, this letter’s for you!
- I’m the clown that came to town to write this letter upside down.
- Happy face emoji!
- Ba humbug to you.
- Hocus Pocus Jokus — Never trust atoms; they make up everything.
- What’s up, buttercup?
- Howdy, Stranger.
- At the very start, let me say that we both have something in common. You don’t know what I’m going to say… and neither do I.
- Gorgeous, intelligent, talented, charismatic–that’s enough about me. This letter’s about you.
- Abracadabra, Alakazam — I wrote this letter for you with my own two hands.
How to Write a Great Letter
Once you have a fun start to your message, all that’s left is to write the rest!
Here are some ideas for creating a great letter!
- What’s the receiver like? This is a good question to consider when deciding what to say. If they’re sentimental, include a few heartfelt words or a happy memory. If the letter’s for a child, keep the language simple and easy to understand. Whoever the lucky person is, write with their personality, and perhaps their age, in mind.
- Make a mental list of what you want to say. Before you start, take a minute to decide what you want to say. It may also be helpful to jot a few keywords down on a Post-it, so you don’t forget anything once you get started. This also gives you a chance to organize the order in which you want to say things.
- Get creative with decoration. You’re off to a great start with a funny opener, but you can take it to the next level by including bright colors, doodles, or stickers. Get creative and have fun with it.
- Include a simple gift. It’ll have to be small to fit inside the envelope with the letter, but you might consider cutting out a funny picture from a magazine, sending the receiver’s favorite newspaper comic strip, printing a meme, or making origami. This is another opportunity to think outside the box and really make your letter special!
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