We often underestimate the power of a few kind words.
Even a simple text message can show people somebody else cares and they’re not alone. That’s how Text For Humanity got its start. The movement is dedicated to creating a safe place for strangers across the world to encourage each other!
Sinch, a telecommunications company, partnered with the nonprofit Mental Health America to brainstorm how they could combat online negativity. Their solution was simple: Use cell phones for good.
“Today, nothing is as personal and emotional to us as our phones,” said Jonathan Bean, Sinch’s CMO. “But although we use them 24/7 to communicate, we seem to feel lonelier, not happier.”
So they decided to turn phones into something positive! To accomplish that, they created the first ever texting switchboard so complete strangers can communicate safely with one another. Their ultimate goal is to make the world more compassionate — one text at a time.
Participating is as easy as texting “JOIN” to your local number, which can be found through the project’s website. Once you send in your first name and the country you’re in, you’ll be able to start writing. You can create up to five messages a day, and each time, you’ll receive one from someone else.
“Because we’re more open and honest with strangers, these words have the potential to be relevant, personal, and powerful,” Jonathan explained. “After all, we are human.”
Paul Gionfriddo, Mental Health America’s CEO and president, added, “We know there is a lot of negativity online these days — and by taking a minute to deliver a simple, positive message to someone who may need it, each of us can help brighten someone’s day and lift up their overall mental well-being.”
The service is available in 23 countries, and since its launch in January, more than 15,000 messages have been sent!
With so many supportive users, we have no doubt that Text for Humanity will spread an abundance of love this year.
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