An Overlooked Cure for Loneliness

Christina Caron

Science tells us the solution may lie in what we do for others, not ourselves.

Well before a global pandemic tore us away from our loved ones, and the Omicron variant threatened to upend holiday plansexperts were warning of “an epidemic of loneliness” in the United States.

Three in five Americans surveyed in 2019 reported feeling lonely, which the researchers attributed to a variety of factors, including a lack of social support, infrequent meaningful social interactions, poor physical and mental health and an imbalance in daily activities. In addition, nearly one quarter of those 65 and older are considered socially isolated, according to the National Health and Aging Trends Study.

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