Loneliness is Toxic
Loneliness kills. It poses a greater threat to health than obesity, and its life-shortening effects are comparable to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Furthermore, it is rampant in today’s workplace. . . . Loneliness has clear consequences for mental health, aggravating anxiety, depression, and stress-related symptoms. Additionally, it sabotages our physical health. According to two leading researchers, loneliness triggers an inflammatory response and threatens our immune system. These changes can even be detected at the cellular level. As one of the researchers said, “The level of toxicity from loneliness is stunning.” . . . Connection the best antidote to loneliness and isolation. . . .Cultivating mindful presence and deliberate connection takes effort and practice. Yet making a habit of doing so pays off in the long run.
Note: Perhaps you don’t experience loneliness; however, if you know someone who lives alone, check on him or her, pay a socially distancing visit. A simple act of connecting with a lonely person will make a big difference in his/her life.