The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, set up in honor of the murdered UK MP, has recently begun a new initiative called 'Happy to Chat.' Featuring buttons that read "happy to chat" in speech bubbles and a social media campaign with the hashtag #happytochat, the initiative hopes to encourage conversations that shed light on the issue while taking a small part in fighting it.
The buttons are more than just an abstract motto. Rather, the phrase is meant to be taken literally. Volunteers from the Jo Cox Commission have been stationed at busy London Underground stations, and they hand out the badges on the condition that those accepting them are truly willing to strike up a conversation when approached. Such an initiative has the true potential to combat loneliness in the urban center.