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Loneliness, according to many experts, is not necessarily about being alone. Instead, if you feel alone and isolated, then that is how loneliness plays into your state of mind....
Loneliness has a wide range of negative effects on both physical and
Experts believe that it is not the quantity of social interaction that combats loneliness, but it's the quality.
Having just three or four close fri...
It does require a conscious effort on your part to make a change.
Making a change, in the long run, can make you happier, healthier, and enable you to impact o...
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We crave intimacy. And yet, long before the present pandemic, with its forced isolation and social distancing, humans had begun building their own separate cells.
Before modern times...
It is an umbrella term we use to cover for all sorts of things most people would rather not name and have no idea how to fix.
Plenty of people like to be alone. But solitude and seclusion are different from loneliness. Loneliness is a state of profound distress.
Primates need to belong to an intimate social group in order to survive; this is especially true for humans.
Separation from your group (either finding yourself alone or finding yourself among a group of people who do not know and understand you) triggers a fight-or-flight response.
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Most people consider loneliness a personal problem to be figured out by individuals.
However, a paper published in the American Journal of Public Health identi...
Among the theories on why there is more loneliness today is more time online and less time in front of people.
However, levels of in-person interactions, physical and mental wellness and life balance are more likely to predict loneliness than social media usage.
Generation Z (ages 18-22) had the highest loneliness scores, followed by the millennials (ages 23-37). The Greatest Generation (adults ages 72 and older) were the least lonely.Lonely people are less able to pick up on positive social stimuli, like others’ attention and commitment signals, so they withdraw prematurely – in many cases before they’re actually socially isolated.
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Viruses aren’t the only things that spread through networks of people. Attitudes and behaviors do too. And we should take advantage of it.
Spreading happiness and kindness right now is ...
70% of our happiness comes from your relationships with other people. And the social distancing situation has left some with zero people around them.
So reach out. Extended time without social contact is bad: Send a text, make that phone/video call, anything you want to let people know you care and are thinking about them.
Ask people if they need anything. There are people out there in need of a little more than well wishes right now. And when people see others helping, they’re more likely to help.
Also, if you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for it.
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