Loneliness and Early Death

Recent research has found that loneliness, isolation, and living alone can all lead to a greater risk for premature death.


Our current culture is increasingly made up of isolated individuals; but could we be hurting ourselves by shutting out the world? Recent research has found that loneliness, isolation, and living alone can all lead to a greater risk for premature death. In fact, people with strong social connections had a 50 percent lower risk of dying early than people who were isolated. Says John Cacioppo, “[Loneliness] is bad for your mental health: well-being goes down, depressive symptoms go up, your likelihood of developing mental and affective disorders increases.” Experts have even gone so far as to say we are facing a “loneliness epidemic.”

Do you find yourself at risk for social isolation? There are a number of things you could do to connect with others: reconnect with family or friends from your past, join or start a Bible study, volunteer at a homeless shelter or a hospital, get involved with animal rescue or help at an animal shelter, adopt a pet and meet other pet owners. “Why Loneliness is a Public Health Threat,” fortune.com, August 7, 2017.

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