“We have two ears and one mouth and using them in proportion is not a bad idea! “- CEO of Virgin Group.

As the title goes, SAMWAD, essentially has two parts, Sama and Wad. Sama meaning equal and Wad, meaning communication. Thus, the confluence of these two words means – a dialogue between two equals. This involves speaking and listening. Somehow both of which, has become a rare phenomenon today. The result – a society, where we live amidst facades and expose ourselves, to all types of health risks.

We, as a society, really have no idea how suffocated people are in their emotions. Most people have nobody to express themselves entirely to. Everyone is holding back their vulnerabilities to maintain the social image of a confident and happy person.

Heart-to-heart conversations have become rare, artificial and shallow. And most hearts are filled with empty defences.

Most people can’t even talk to their life-partners openly, for the fear of being judged or rejected. Emotions await a release. Social images make sure, weakness is vilified.

Children have bottled up stress. Young people suffer anxiety and depression.

It is lack of social support. It is lack of non-judgmental friendships. It is a result of fast and busy lives where nobody has time to just sit and watch someone cry.

As a result of instant and impatient lifestyle practices, people have started treating emotions like a waste of time.

We have whatsapp and facetime and social media – and we also have stress and anxiety and depression. Our forefathers had neither. Because they talked to each other. Because talking helps. Recent news says that just switching off your mobile phones, can make you happy. Emails and text messages cannot give you the kind of happiness, which can be given by spending time conversing, with family and friends.

The face-to-face type talking, the just-listen-to-me type talking, the hold-my-hand-and-let-me-cry type talking, the sit-next-to-me-and-listen-to-my-silence type talking… the talking where the person can be themselves and say anything they feel without the fear of any judgement or loss or rejection.

Today we don’t like to undertake these type’s of talking. Those kind of conversations, when someone begins to undress one’s mind. In fact, we avoid people. And naturally the resultant is mental illness, which is becoming an epidemic.

So what can we do to build a happy and healthy society? Let’s let people talk, without any fear, while we offer to unconditionally listen !. A simple solution that can be implemented by all of us, at our personal and professional arenas.