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lonely individuals had a 26% higher risk of dying. This figure rose to 32% if they lived alone. Healthcare tech entrepreneur Will Wright shares the strong impact that loneliness has on our health, and proposes a novel idea for how we can easily connect with others and combat itsContinue Reading The researchers found several differences in the brains of lonely people. These brain manifestations were centred on what is called the default network: a set of brain regions involved in inner thoughts such as reminiscing, future planning, imagining and thinking about others. Researchers found the default networks of lonelyContinue Reading A sense of belonging is the feeling of being connected to and valued by other people. Whether it is sourced from family, friends, co-workers, club members, or a church community, people have an inherent desire to belong and be part of something greater than themselves. Having a sense ofContinue Reading

Based on the review of the literature, three common components of social connectedness can be identified as socialising, Social support, and Sense of belonging. In its most narrow form, social connectedness refers to the social ties between people. Importantly, consideration must be given as to whether this is simply aContinue Reading

Emotional loneliness is a bigger risk factor than depression, heart disease, diabetes & stroke for cognitive decline according to research by Dr Catherine Whitehouse. She says society needs to talk openly about the value of emotional connection #MasseyGrad — Massey University (@MasseyUni) December 10, 2019Continue Reading Bianca Suanet , PhD, and Theo G. van Tilburg, PhD, of Vrije University in Amsterdam, also assessed loneliness among older adults and found that they were less lonely than their counterparts from previous generations. “Most interventions that combat loneliness are not very effective, most likely because they do notContinue Reading Being alone is a mind game that you have to play with yourself. It requires tenacity and strength to believe that you are not going to disappear, that people will remember you, that someone will come looking for you before your face is eaten by cats. That’s why IContinue Reading But how did these powerful communities come to exist in the first place? Cacioppo proposes that the root of social ties lies in their opposite — loneliness. According to his theory, the pain of being alone motivates us to seek the safety of companionship, which in turn benefits theContinue Reading Everyone feels lonely from time to time, but for some, loneliness comes far too often. Feeling lonely can plague many people — including the elderly, people who are isolated, and those with depression — with symptoms such as sadness, isolation, and withdrawal. Loneliness can strike a person who livesContinue Reading