When I walk in a public park in the city on a good-weather-day, I am stunned by how many lonely people I encounter, walking alone or sitting alone on benches.
Last week, during a walk in a park in a foreign city, I got the following idea:
We would have color coded benches near the entrance of a park or even within a park, with each color having a meaning attached to it, for example
blue could mean: I would not mind having a nice chat with another person
green could mean: I would not mind having a nice walk with another person
red could mean: I prefer to enjoy the park alone
Can you imagine how such a simple intervention could reduce loneliness
How much it could increase kindness?
I am living in a rural part of Malaysia where there are no parks.
But I would be really happy if someone could make the above idea work
and increase kindness while reducing loneliness in a fabulous way.