From Project BFF HQ, Terri and Manya talk about how friends can be the antidote to loneliness.
Humans are social animals, and that collaboration has enabled us to survive as a species. Loneliness "is an aversive state that has evolved as a signal to change behavior, very much like hunger, thirst, or physical pain, to motivate us to renew the connections we need to survive and prosper."
We all feel lonely at times. Profound loneliness is an issue that hides in plain site--we don't necessarily see it as a threat. Yet it can be as big as risk factor to premature death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Feeling disconnected from people puts us on alert to change that situation and look for meaningful engagement. Reaching out to others and building friendships can be the cure for loneliness.
Resources we mention
A Cure for Disconnection, by Jennifer Latson in Psychology Today
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