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An Open Letter to Conversation Stealers

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 03.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Greenberg

You will be doing a service to both yourselves and your partners in dialogue if you share the conversation. Your relationships will likely improve in quality and last longer if you tweak your communication skills.

Why Loneliness Is A Growing Public Health Concern -- And What We Can Do About It

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.21.2015 | Science

Our time has been called the "age of loneliness." It's estimated that one in five Americans suffers from persistent loneliness, and while we're more c...

The Surprising Impact Social Interaction Has On Longevity

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 03.12.2015 | Fifty

These days, thanks to cell phones and computers, it's easier than you'd think to spend a day without speaking to a soul other than Siri or the pizza d...

50 Women Over 50 Offer Advice For Beating Loneliness

Margaret Manning | Posted 03.04.2015 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

To help break the stigma of loneliness and to get some practical advice, I turned to the women in the Sixty and Me community. I asked them what they would say to a friend who was feeling lonely. Their answers were warm, authentic and direct.

We ALL Need the Village

Kindness Blog | Posted 02.26.2015 | Good News
Kindness Blog

Here's the thing: I've spent an evening broken to pieces, with my spirit in shreds, because of some of the things I've seen or heard about, which show where the village has failed.

The Quickest, Smartest Way to Bring More Love into Your Life

Ken Page | Posted 02.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Ken Page

Practice this micro-meditation as many times as you wish, and just watch as your reservoir of love deepens and widens, day after day. The chances are great that it will, and that your life will become richer and more enjoyable, and you'll start meeting new people who also love you for who you are.

Touch As Nutrition

Kindness Blog | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact
Kindness Blog

Children actively shape their sense of self, not just mentally, but with their hands, elbows and knees, their bellies and mouths, inside the frequency, textures and intensities of this constant, rich field of contact.

2015: Would Hollywood Be Seduced by Marty?

Joseph Cooper | Posted 02.19.2015 | Entertainment
Joseph Cooper

By his own account, Marty is "fat and ugly, fat and ugly." To complete the picture, he's a hesitant never-been-married gap-toothed 34-year-old Bronx butcher who still lives with his mother.

Social Media: We're Not Connected, We've Just Mastered Loneliness

Unwritten | Posted 02.19.2015 | Healthy Living

Clearly, social media is not going away any time soon, but it might be nice to stop counting our 'likes' and start making memories without filters. Because at the end of the day, social media can't capture the spontaneous laughter, the butterflies in our stomachs, or the feeling of being truly connected... which is what we really want after all.

Losing One's 'Dopamine Fix'

Dr. Natasha Josefowitz | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Natasha Josefowitz

After my husband died, I had a very hard time adjusting to singlehood. Although living in a retirement community helped me survive those awful first m...

Don't Fear the Cupid

Sara Eckel | Posted 02.11.2015 | Women
Sara Eckel

What if, instead of celebrating yourself on Valentine's Day, you just were yourself? What if you simply acknowledged that being alone on February 14 can be difficult? I'm not saying wallow in it. I'm saying acknowledge that it is hard.

How Reducing Social Isolation Protects Older Adults

John Feather, PhD | Posted 02.10.2015 | Fifty
John Feather, PhD

The Beatles were on to something big: the fact that social isolation is a social determinant of health, so potent yet so under-appreciated that we are still discovering just how important it is to this day.

9 Reasons Every Woman Should Take Up Belly Dancing

Carol E Wyer | Posted 02.10.2015 | Fifty
Carol E Wyer

Have you given up on your New Year's resolutions yet? You will not be alone. Should you be one of the many who decided to get fit this year and are already making excuses as to why you cannot go to the gym, I have the perfect solution-- belly dancing.

The First Step To Dealing with Loneliness Has Nothing To Do With Meeting Other People

Margaret Manning | Posted 02.05.2015 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

As someone who suffered with loneliness for 15 years, I know firsthand how hard it is to break out of our own mental chains

BUSTED: 5 Myths About Loneliness After 50

Margaret Manning | Posted 02.04.2015 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

Loneliness is a taboo subject. In fact, most of us would rather admit to having an affair or carrying too much credit card debt than to admit that we are feeling lonely. I'm not sure why this is. Perhaps we see loneliness as a personal failing.

Rx for Being Single on Valentine's Day: You Have to Be a Happy You Before You Can Create a Happy 'Two'

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 02.03.2015 | Women
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

Don't fret this Valentine's Day. It's just a day. You are not less if you are alone. In fact, you can create a Valentine's Day date for yourself that requires only your attendance that can be fabulous. It is all in the power of your mindset, your attitude and how you perceive being single.

How Ordering Breakfast Can Explain The Difference Between Men And Women

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 01.31.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

Valentine's Day is approaching so I thought it appropriate to tell the story I often do in therapy to help describe a basic difference between the genders. It's actually not simply a difference. More like a lack of understanding.

Post-Holiday Loneliness? Here's Why and What May Help

Douglas LaBier | Posted 03.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Douglas LaBier

Loneliness takes different forms, and it may also signify different life experiences, both past and present. Some people's loneliness may be rooted in long-term emotional issues that have thwarted forming and maintaining relationships.

13 Rules for Being Alone and Being Happy About It

Tyler Tervooren | Posted 03.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Tyler Tervooren

When I travel alone, what I learn about is myself. I learn about my own strengths, and I learn about my own weaknesses and insecurities. I've never come home from a trip feeling anything less than a better, stronger person.

Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?

Jessica Rosenberg | Posted 03.17.2015 | Women
Jessica Rosenberg

My friends? My true friends? I miss them. I think that these superficial conversations and check-ins which give me that false feeling of having connected with people are the reason I feel lonely and dissatisfied as I sit here at my desk.

Bridging the Loneliness Gap: Making a Happier and Healthier Future for the Elderly

Bruno Vanhaelst | Posted 03.14.2015 | Impact
Bruno Vanhaelst

Roughly one in five people are believed to suffer enduring loneliness and the incidence of loneliness tends to grow -- and is increasing -- among older populations.

On the Kindness of Things

Kindness Blog | Posted 03.08.2015 | Good News
Kindness Blog

Where does the world of objects start and stop? Where does an 'it' start becoming a 'you' or a 'me.' This is not clear, for the world of objects has no stable borders, and in actual practice includes much of what should be a 'you' or even an 'I.'

How To Be Lonely In America

Carlota Zimmerman | Posted 02.28.2015 | Women
Carlota Zimmerman

Believe that your Twitter/Facebook followers are truly your friends. Invest more time and effort in wooing, and keeping, their approval, meanwhile, dismissing the approval of actual people you've known for years.

How to Enjoy the Holidays If You're Alone

Rose Caiola | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Rose Caiola

Stay positive, and remember that a holiday is just a day -- and you can choose to spend it making yourself happy.

Do You Make Others Your Higher Power?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 02.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

One of the things I always tell my clients is, "Don't give your authority away to me. Don't assume that I know more about you than you do, or more abo...