Some Creative Ways to Deal with Loneliness

Some Creative Ways to Deal with Loneliness

Loneliness is a pervasive worldwide issue. No country or culture is immune. While mental health professionals wrestle with how to address it, private organizations and businesses are taking charge by bringing forth creative solutions. From raising chickens to sitting on park benches, innovators are thinking outside the box to get us socializing again. We can apply this creativity to our own lives. First, we need to reframe our thinking about what loneliness means then we must find a bit of imagination and bravery to try something new with someone new. 

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Creating a Game Plan for Overcoming Loneliness

Creating a Game Plan for Overcoming Loneliness

Loneliness is a condition, not a state of mind. All too often people feel shame about it without recognizing the enormous cultural changes that are now impacting how we socially relate to one another. Improving our own social engagement comes about first from making a decision to do so. Then creating a personal communication plan, taking deliberate action, and cultivating an expectant attitude of successful outcomes.

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7 Ways to Bring Kindness and Community Back to Our Lives

7 Ways to Bring Kindness and Community Back to Our Lives

These days our sense of community is eroding. We no longer know the deeper stories of our friends, colleagues, and neighbors. Over time a certain callousness has set in and with it social isolation. Despite this, we all long to be a part of something bigger. If change is to occur, it can start locally and hopefully spread globally. A good place to start is adopting these seven simple habits to bring kindness, consideration, and eventually community back to the center of our lives.

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Why Social Health is a Vital Component to Overall Health

Why Social Health is a Vital Component to Overall Health

Social health is a misunderstood but important component of one’s overall wellbeing. Having friends and confidants isn’t just nice to have, it can make the difference between life and death. Plenty of data proves out the effects of companionship and social vitality (or lack thereof) on our biology. But our own joyous experience of feeling truly connected with others is the only evidence we need.

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How to Address Loneliness — the Silent Epidemic

How to Address Loneliness — the Silent Epidemic

Like depression, loneliness is a silent misery. It’s invisible on the surface even though upwards on half the population of the world suffers from some kind of loneliness or social isolation. Some believe it is the biggest mental health crisis of our time. While policymakers and healthcare professionals search for solutions, the immediate remedy will come through our own actions and our mutual support.

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Building Authentic Friendships in the Age of Social Media

Building Authentic Friendships in the Age of Social Media

The overuse of social media is negatively impacting our lives by spurring on feelings of envy, isolation, and depression. Further, it may be interfering in the formation of deeper more meaningful relationships. Through deliberate and consistent effort we can invest in authentic relationships with one another that restores our sense of genuine social connection.

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