Loneliness is such an unpleasant feeling. Whether it was a breakup or you were living abroad, we’ve all experienced that feeling at one point or another. Loneliness has been linked to depression, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc.
You may be asking yourself, how can we feel lonely when we are more connected than ever. Researchers have found that loneliness is not about the the amount of time you spend with other but instead the quality of the relationship that you have with them. Quality always beat quantity. If you’re sitting at home and everyone is on their device and there is not interaction within those in the room or home, one person is likely to feel lonely especially if they’re older. Same goes for being stuck in a cubicle all day and then going home to an empty or virtually empty four walls.
Needless to say, it is important to find meaningful connections with others. But, where do you find these without being creepy or pushing people away by telling them how you wish they were your bestie?
Here’s a few tips:
- Volunteer. Not only is it good for longevity but you will find other like minded, helpful and loving people.
- Rescue a dog or any pet. They are lonely too. You and he/she can take walks and go to the doggy park and make new connections.
- Find a hobby. You will meet other people that have a common interest.
- Reconnect with old friends. Just pick up the phone and just say hello. DO NOT send a Facebook message or send an email. Stay away from social media.
- Don’t be negative or judgmental. This is a turn off to most people. If you don’t like something, let it go.
- Laugh, it’s contagious. Happy people are contagious. You will automatically attract more people to you.
Hey, reach out to me. I’d love to know how you’re doing and how I can best help you. By the way, my 1 day retreat is coming up. This would be a great way to discover your passion and connect with other likeminded people.