Hot summer romances are a long distant memory as the northern hemisphere winter closes in and tempts us towards hibernation, hot chocolate, and heated holiday party debates. If distance or opportunity separates you from your crush, avoid wallowing in loneliness and listening to Lana Del Rey’s Summertime Sadness on repeat. Instead, ignite your romance with epistolary therapy, that is, write a love letter.
For inspiration, the letters of French philosophers and lovers Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre are among the greatest confessions of love in history.
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I love you passionately (always in the full sense of the term). I won’t say it again because the word irritates me, but remember it well, my sweet, my little flower. Tender kisses for your little cheeks.
– Sartre to Beauvoir, May 13, 1940