The right to feel
Life is full of ups and downs, and we can only hope that the “ups” will last and the “downs” are over soon. Unfortunately life does not usually run as smoothly as that, and we believe that people have the right to express their down feelings as easily as their up feelings and they do not need to go through that alone. People are becoming increasingly connected to their friends and acquaintances via social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. This is good as it brings people together to commemorate happy times like holidays and restaurant outings, as well as to acknowledge very sad events like the passing of loved ones. However, these social networks are often seen as too public for people to feel confident to express themselves about their daily struggles. This is particularly hard, when these struggles relate to mental health, loneliness, drug dependencies, and other private health issues.
This is the reason we created Foster Friends. Our goal is to provide a platform where people can express how they are feeling in a completely anonymous way. You don’t need to worry about how your daily struggles will affect your social network persona. The Foster Friends community values you regardless of who you are. People, when giving the opportunity to be themselves and express their feelings without judgment, can move much faster towards a better and healthier life. There have been many studies that show that the simple fact of acknowledging one’s feelings can help us take control of how we behave when we are having these feelings (see #1 and #2).
One other aspect of Foster Friends, is that you can put your own thoughts into perspective and see that there are many people out there that are facing the same struggles. There is no need to be ashamed that you are feeling alone in the middle of a big city, because lots of other people are also feeling the same way.
Foster Friends is a working project and we are still finding the best ways to help people express themselves and help each other in their struggles. If you have ideas about this, we would love to hear from you. Leave us a comment, email, or simply install the app, use it and send us your feedback.
- Rock, David
Your Brain At Work: Strategies For Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, And Working Smarter All Day Long
HarperBusiness 304 ISBN: 9780061771293, 2009, pp304.
- Harris, Russ
The Happiness Trap: Based on ACT–a Revolutionary Mindfulness-based Programme for Overcoming Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Trumpeter ISBN: 978-1590305843, 2008, pp240.