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There is no pill for loneliness. So said by a friend of mine who has bipolar disorder and a visual impairment. How right he is. There are many things we can treat with pills – high blood pressure, arthritis, ADHD, headaches … but the cure for loneliness requires something much bigger and even more vital for our health: relationships.
Babies stop growing if they are not touched enough, even when receiving proper nutrition. If lack of touch continues, babies die – literally. We, humans, are social animals. We need each other. And, it’s not just babies who die without proper care, it’s all of us. So says the study below:
For people with disabilities, the risk of loneliness is greater than the population at large, according to this study published in the United Kingdom.
Loneliness is on its way to reaching epidemic proportions – even larger than that of the obesity epidemic. See 2016 Washington Post article below:
We are living in an age of virtual relationships. Yes, it’s lovely to snapchat and link in and facebook. But, what are we experiencing? Certainly not touch or eye contact or the profound feeling of in person connection. I suppose that’s the bad news. The good news is we can stop this loneliness epidemic – together! Here are a few proposals:
Celebrate National Friendship Day, Sunday, August 7th! Let’s call someone we haven’t talked to for a while. Better yet, go see someone we haven’t seen for a while. Or, let’s go someplace new and smile at 5 people we are not friends with – yet!
Notice our neighbors. Are there people living near us that we could be friendlier with? Could we bring the paper or the mail to someone’s door and introduce ourselves?
Put our devices down for an extra hour per day. Look at people’s faces when we are with them. Really talk. Really listen.
Mother Teresa said, “Peace begins with a smile.” I daresay a smile might also be the beginning of the end of loneliness.