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For Valentine's Day: A Love Letter to My Friend

Cynthia Kane | Posted 02.09.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Cynthia Kane

Maybe, in a better world, that is what Valentine's Day would be about? Not celebrating romantic love with awful candies, but remembering love in all its forms -- remembering to send and share it in ever wider and widening circles.

It's Time to Admit That We Are Enough

Summer Engman | Posted 02.01.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Summer Engman

I've become truly comfortable with being on my own. I recently ended a major relationship and began traveling the world solo with no final destinati...

I Spent a Year Listening to Strangers Tell Stories They Can't Share With Anyone Else

Helena Bala | Posted 01.25.2016 | Women
Helena Bala

For a little over a year now, I've listened to strangers I meet on Craigslist tell me stories they've never told anyone before.

The Sustaining Knock on the Door

Llewellyn King | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Llewellyn King

More than a meal. For some Americans today, tomorrow and the day after, on and on, a knock on the door is the high point of a lonely life. They ar...

This Is Your Brain on Loneliness

Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D. | Posted 01.14.2016 | Science
Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D.

Everyone experiences loneliness sometimes, but most people don't know that it can trigger evolutionarily determined response patterns that actually undermine our ability to connect with others, creating a vicious cycle of pain and isolation.

The Invisible Face of Loneliness

Jenny Florence | Posted 01.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Jenny Florence

Loneliness tends to arrive unexpectedly, we don't begin our lives expecting to feel this way, and it can affect any of us, at any time in our lives.

Ready for My New Life

Laura Harvey | Posted 01.04.2016 | Divorce
Laura Harvey

New Years Eve, 2015 - it kinda sucked, I've got to say. Six months ago, my 25-year marriage ended. This was my first New Years Eve post-separation. I...

When Winter Becomes Solitary Confinement

Eric J. Hall | Posted 01.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

The short days and long cold nights of winter can have a negative effect on people who already feel lonely and isolated.

Lonely 95-Year-Old Dementia Patient Gets The Surprise Of His Life

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 12.31.2015 | Fifty

After pianist and WWII veteran Edward Hardy developed dementia, he moved into a care home and found himself feeling lonely, no longer having a...

Loneliness Within Marriage

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 12.23.2015 | Weddings
Samantha Rodman PhD

Many of my clients discuss a feeling of loneliness within their marriages. Often their spouses look at them with confusion or contempt, asking how it's possible to feel alone when they are in fact, in the same house or even room with them a great deal of the time.

The Unspoken Effect of a High-Risk Pregnancy

Parijat Deshpande | Posted 12.22.2015 | Women
Parijat Deshpande

You feel like it's all your fault. You feel like your body is failing. So that means you are failing. The reality is, a high-risk pregnancy can happen to anyone. At any time. You didn't do anything wrong. You didn't cause this and you certainly aren't failing.

Where Do All the Lonely People Belong?

Francis Levy | Posted 12.21.2015 | Comedy
Francis Levy

"All the lonely people/where do they all belong?" sang The Beatles. Where do they belong? At the Club Hedonism or Club Med, at Sandals, at Beaches an...

A Christmas Wish for the Lonely

Aaron Anson | Posted 12.21.2015 | Black Voices
Aaron Anson

You don't have to be alone to be lonely. A year ago this time,  my life was in a utter chaos. It was as though I was dying a slow, torturous death. I tried everything, from buying Christmas trees and presents to help bring the cheer, to no avail.

Divorced or Separated With Kids? Here Are 3 Tips for Helping Them Through This Holiday Season

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 12.17.2015 | Divorce
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

Along with the high spirits the holiday season, a package of stress often arrives. This is especially true for divorced couples that struggle over how to make plans that optimize the holidays for themselves and, of course, their children -- who want nothing more than normality.

Random Acts of Compassionate Connection

Maria Rodale | Posted 12.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Pam Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, best-selling author and expert on health, fitness, and nutrition Loneliness hurts. We don't need a slew ...

The Holidays Bring Joy As Well As Stress: 10 Ways to Make Them Happy and Avoid the Blues

Susan Anderson | Posted 12.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Susan Anderson

The idea is to remain happy and healthy and securely connected, rather than let the stresses dampen your spirit or lead to self-sabotage.

A Witness to One's Life

Dr. Natasha Josefowitz | Posted 12.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Natasha Josefowitz

In trying to deal with my grief after my husband died, I turned to books on grief and interviewed people who had lost a spouse or partner. It helped m...

The Loneliness of Crazy Making

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

In order to manage another's crazy making behavior, you need to name and manage the painful feeling of loneliness that occurs when you are at the othe...

Loneliness Is Bad For You, And This Study May Help Explain Why

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 11.28.2015 | Science

Scientists have long known that spending time with loved ones is good for our long-term health and may reduce our risk of cognitive decline, whe...

Loneliness Is Merely an Attitude You Can Abolish Today!

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 11.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

Nobody -- whether single, in a long-term committed relationship or anything in between -- is completely immune from that often-painful feeling of loneliness. That is, however, until you can see it for what it is: an attitude that's completely within your power to change.

How James Taylor Jump-Starts His Creative Process

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 11.25.2015 | OWN

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8 Ways You Can Feel Thankful at Thanksgiving

Nancy Brook | Posted 11.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brook

Some of us may be missing those who are not able to be with us. Regardless of your situation, here are eight ways that you can be thankful no matter what your circumstance.

If This Holiday Is Hard, You're Not Alone

Amy Crumpton | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Amy Crumpton

photo by Alondra Olivas Is Thanksgiving trying for you? Are you headed into the holiday bumfoozled or bewildered? May I offer something for you to c...

How to Write a Love Letter: Inspiration from Beauvoir and Sartre

Skye Cleary | Posted 11.24.2015 | Women
Skye Cleary

Hot summer romances are a long distant memory as the northern hemisphere winter closes in and tempts us towards hibernation, hot chocolate, and heated holiday party debates.

Grief and the Terrible Holiday Season

Megan Devine | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

Part of your family wants traditions to stay exactly the same, others want to change everything. Conflicting desires, broken hearts, lots of attention when you'd rather just hide in your blanket fort until the whole thing is over -- it's too much.