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More Canadians than ever are living alone.
The 57-year-old is overjoyed.
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Pass the tissues, please.
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The transition to summer can be difficult for people prone to social isolation. [They] may experience summer social festivities as spectators rather than participants and receive few invites for BBQs, picnics or patio drinks; meaning their sense of isolation may be amplified (rather than diminished) during the warmer months.
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This Valentine's Day, why not spend time showing love to those who might need it the most? February 14 conjures up images of hearts, chocolates and little jewelry boxes presented over candlelit dinner...
Complaining to your coupled friends or shouting into the abyss on Twitter about how tacky Valentine's Day does no one any good. Instead, commiserate with like-minded haters for a few minutes, and then move on. Because the truth of the matter is this: not every holiday is going to apply to you, ever.
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1. Make an effort to make new friends.
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Too often, we wrongly equate isolation with some remote location and therefore the lack of interaction is based on geography. But for a growing number of elderly living in this country's largest city, there is little escape from solitude.
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Remember, no one is exempt from feeling lonely at times.
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A few years ago, I disclosed to my wife that I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse -- a secret I thought I would harbor in my soul until the day I died. What is someone to do when the person they so dearly love shares such searing pain with them?
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They deserve the same kind of care and love and attention we crave ourselves. Obviously we have to go out and earn a living and have fun with friends and family. But when we are at home, we have to spend quality time with our fur babies, whether it's petting and talking to them, playing with them or taking them for long walks.
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The healthiest people in the study were obese.
This lie shuts us down, blocks out others, isolates us, shames us and perpetuates those heavy feelings and weight of our already hefty burdens. So don't make another excuse not to call. Pick up the phone, my dear friend. I will listen to your story one more time, and one more time again.