"Love is more contagious than a virus so let your best self shine in a glorious light and others will be inspired by you," she wrote in a touching letter to celebrate her birthday

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Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton
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Happy 75th birthday, Dolly Parton!

On Tuesday, the country legend celebrated her big day and she shared her biggest wish for the year: kindness.

Writing a sweet letter on her website, Parton explained how she's choosing to count her blessings and celebrate quietly during such a tough year.

"I do have a birthday wish that I want to share with you. My wish is that everyone does something a little different today," she wrote. "Let's call it a call for kindness."

"If you want to donate to your favorite cause, then donate. If you want to give an old friend a call during these lonely times, give them a call," she added. "If you can safely volunteer, then raise your hand to do so. If you decide that today is the day you get a dog, then run down to the shelter and find your new buddy. The choices are limitless."

Parton continued by sharing how she's looking forward to a "brighter day" with optimism, hard work and lots of love.

"I always encourage people to dream big but I also take great care to follow that up with the message to work hard," she wrote. "We can't just hope for a brighter day, we have to work for a brighter day."

"Love too often gets buried in a world of hurt and fear. We have to work to dig it out so we can share it with our family, our friends and our neighbors," she added. "So today, January 19th, let's get to unearthing love. Love is more contagious than a virus so let your best self shine in a glorious light and others will be inspired by you."

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Signed "Love, Dolly," the singer ended the note by writing, "This is my birthday wish and may your birthday wishes also come true."

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Dolly Parton

PEOPLE is celebrating the country legend's big birthday with a special edition of the print magazine, titled Dolly at 75! Nashville to '9 to 5' to Now.

"From the beginning, I built my own strength and my own worth through trying to talk confidently," Parton told PEOPLE in the special magazine. "I was from the country and not all that educated, but I just knew I had something to offer."