As counterintuitive as it might sound in a world that’s constantly connected, loneliness is on the rise.
According to The Wall Street Journal, loneliness has actually doubled in America over the past thirty years, rising from around 20 percent in the 1980s to nearly 40 percent today.
And as terrible as loneliness may be as a feeling, it also has profound physiological effects, with studies linking it to health risks like high blood pressure, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and stroke.
So whether we’re talking about your mental health or your body, loneliness is never a good thing. That much is easy to understand. The difficult question is: How do we fight loneliness?
1. Acknowledge loneliness
To stave off loneliness, it’s important to realize that