A Curable Disease?
So what can be done to ease loneliness? If you’re feeling cut off or ‘out of the loop’, here are some ways to broaden your network and become more engaged socially: Revitalize friendships or family relationships. Life is hectic and it’s all too easy to lose touch with friends or even family members. If you haven’t spoken to someone for a while and haven’t felt comfortable trying to get back in touch, drop the guilt (and the grudges) and reach out. Choose your friends carefully.
As much as possible surround yourself with happy, upbeat people, because similar to loneliness, happiness is also contagious. And even if you’re feeling down, try to remain positive — too much negativity and unrelenting misery can eventually damage a relationship. Continue challenging yourself. Learning is indeed a lifelong adventure — and an excellent opportunity to expand your social network. Whether it means learning new skills for your work or simply learning for the joy of it, continuing education courses offer a meaningful way to network and make new friends. On a more informal level, book clubs and lecture series are good ways to expand your mind — and your network.