Loneliness is a nearly invisible affliction. It often has little to do with being physically alone—even those surrounded by friends, family, and coworkers can feel its pangs.
But there are subtle signs. There may be obvious sadness, a loss of the ability to sleep, hostility, sudden weight gain, constant fatigue, or any number of unexplained behavioral changes. If you’re unsure, one of the best things you can do is simply ask. This can not only reveal someone’s loneliness, but simultaneously makes them feel important.
Once you become aware of loneliness in your friend or loved one’s life, you may feel confused about what to do—loneliness can be a very complex result of many different factors. But there are some actions you can take to cheer up just about anyone, regardless of the source of their loneliness—read on to find out 7 great ways to cheer that lonely someone up.