Send And Receive Positive Texts From And To Strangers

May 19, 2020

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As the practice of social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 continues, more and more people are suffering from anxiety and depression, according to the American Psychological Association. To help counter social isolation, a new service called Text For Humanity has been launched to connect people around the world through positive and encouraging text messages. To sign up, you first text the word JOIN to (+1) 833 421-4726. After reading the terms and conditions (no, they do not sell your contact information to third parties). Then, you write a short note to "put a smile on someone's face" that will go to another user. Once you send your first text, you'll soon receive a positive message from someone else. Each message vetted before they're sent out by the companies that partnered to create this initiative: Mental Health America, a nonprofit helping those who struggle with mental illness, and Sinch, a telecommunications company. After your first entry, you can continue sending messages however often you'd like, and will then receive one for each text you send.  If you ever decide that the service isn't for you, text STOP to opt-out of all communications. The program deletes your information within a week. According to Text For Humanity's website, since January 16, people have sent more than 81,600 uplifting messages and counting.

SOURCE: Better Homes & Gardens

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