28: Bye bye loneliness: the role of friendship

February 11, 2022 Terri + Manya Season 2 Episode 6
28: Bye bye loneliness: the role of friendship
Show Notes

From Project BFF HQ, Terri and Manya riff about loneliness and how having friends helps combat it.

We thrive when we are connected. And social connections are the key to happiness and health. "Loneliness can have long-term effects on health and is as lethal as smoking 15 cigarettes a day."

How to build a more connected life:

  • Get to know yourself, connect with yourself and your  own instincts
  • Have/cultivate self-compassion. This can soften the blow of judgement and ridicule from people who don’t understand us

Obstacles to building friendships can raise the risk of loneliness. People skilled at friendship may have a natural defense against prolonged or severe loneliness. Those who are not yet as skilled  can develop the habits and behaviors that support friendships.

Books and articles and resources we discuss:
Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World, by Vivek Murthy
Goodbye loneliness, Hello happiness - a prescription for healthier lives, in The Boston Globe
The Unlonely Project, The Foundation for Art & Healing
Emerging Together: The Tackling Loneliness Network Action Plan, UK government 

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