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Loneliness

People Who Don't Do Stuff Alone Are Missing Out

Sara Eckel | Posted 05.18.2015 | Women
Sara Eckel

When my friend first told me she was afraid to go out alone, I was surprised. But then I remembered that my first solo excursions were pretty uncomfortable, especially on weekend nights.

Truckers Need Meditation and Mindfulness

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 05.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

So, how can truckers implement meditation and mindfulness and why? As science continues to prove, meditation offers hard core assistance in dealing with stress, enhancing longevity and assisting with loneliness. Here are some practical implementations and thoughts.

Social Media: A Threat to Your Marriage?

Ayesha Vardag | Posted 05.07.2015 | Divorce
Ayesha Vardag

People need friends and community. They're lonely, either literally or shut off in their marriages or families. So many marriages become cold places, and people need to connect. They feel shut off from those around them, so they reach beyond.

Why You Should Really Start Doing More Things Alone

The Washington Post | Roberto A. Ferdman | Posted 05.04.2015 | World

On any given Friday night, bars, restaurants and movie theaters tend to fill up with people spending time with friends, lovers, and family. But when t...

The Solitude of 8 Million

DeShaun Craddock | Posted 04.26.2015 | New York
DeShaun Craddock

New York City: a cacophony of activity. It's a place that never seems to slow down for anyone; it unabashedly straddles the line between order and cha...

Alone in the Loneliness

Wendy Reese | Posted 04.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Wendy Reese

Shifting from lonely to feeling loved and engaged in healthy relationships does take time. For the lonely, time is an abundance. Each small step into the willingness to be loved has an exponential effect. Lonely and lovable are both chosen. How will you choose?

These Mantras Are Here To Remind You That You're Perfect The Way You Are

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 04.13.2015 | Healthy Living

We all realize that social media is basically a highlight reel -- but just because we know that our newsfeed is often an ostentatious representation o...

Do You Feel Lonely?

Bernadette Farrell | Posted 04.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Bernadette Farrell

We are all born with and driven by a need for connection with others --a need to be loved and to belong, to be part of something or someone outside of ourselves. Loneliness is the feeling that we get as a result of being without the companionship of others.

Loneliness -- And Why I'm Grateful For It

Jill Shapiro | Posted 04.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Jill Shapiro

It is loneliness that makes us ask the most important questions about our life's purpose and mission, and to listen closely for the answers.

Loneliness Can Kill, Literally

Leeat Granek, Ph.D. | Posted 04.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Leeat Granek, Ph.D.

The paper synthesized the findings from 70 scientific publications that all together included more than 3 million participants. The authors found that loneliness, social isolation, and living alone were factors in explaining early death.

Combatting The CEO Loneliness Factor

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business
Lisa Abeyta

On those days when everything has gone to hell in a hand basket -- and we all have those days -- it is the loneliest of journeys to set aside whatever personal struggle I am facing to be fully accessible to everyone.

5 Specific Ways To Avoid Loneliness In Retirement

Margaret Manning | Posted 04.06.2015 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

Retirement can be a challenging time, especially when you live far away from your family. Many people also struggle with finding new friends once they leave the jobs that have given their lives meaning for decades. The good news is that we don't have to accept loneliness in retirement!

5 Insights on Depression From Someone Who Suffers

Diana Whitney | Posted 04.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Diana Whitney

Here are five writers who have helped me survive -- poets and spiritual teachers, some who have known depression intimately. Use their words as you like. Disregard what doesn't speak to you. This is not a self-improvement program, only a suggested reading list. Ask for help. You are not alone.

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 05.04.2015 | 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 04.27.2015 | 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 04.26.2015 | 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 04.25.2015 | 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 04.21.2015 | 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 04.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Unwritten

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 04.17.2015 | 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 04.13.2015 | 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 04.12.2015 | 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.