You know it could save a life, so why is it so hard to do? Mind control.

You know you shouldn't text and drive. It might even be illegal in your state. But tons of people still do it.

In a 2013 survey, almost half of all high school students admitted to texting while driving. Crazy.


The average time your eyes are away from the road while texting is 5 seconds. That doesn't seem like much, but if you're going 55 miles per hour, that's enough time to cross a football field.

Nearly 20% of serious car crashes in 2012 involved texting or some other form of distracted driving. That's a big number.

But you probably knew all of that. And yet, when that ring tone goes off, you feel compelled to respond. You worry about what you might be missing. Your brain is conditioned to respond.

Every time you ignore it, you get stronger. Your mind gets better. You become more able to resist temptation.

Medieval monks fasted for weeks at a time. All you have to do is not reach for that mind-control box.

You can do it.

And what should you do if someone is texting while driving and you're a passenger? Take that phone away! Offer to text for them. Or demand that they let you out.

Be safe out there.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.