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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.
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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.
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Intimacy requires authenticity, because if you're not real, the other person can't see you for who you are. If you're never authentic, other people will be interacting with a persona, and you won't be loved for your true self. Even if you're in a relationship, you'll be terribly lonely.
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It's supposed to be to most wonderful time of the year. But for many people the holiday season is anything but joyous. Feeling left out when others celebrate and exchange gifts can be devastating and even lead to despair and depression.
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When you're in it, hang on, don't give up and do not trust everything you are telling yourself. We wrote "Ignite" as a message saying that the pain will pass and you can absolutely ignite your soul, no matter how bad it's gotten.
Feelings of solitude can actually affect your white blood cell count.
When was the last time you felt that you had to prove something to the people you love? When you feel that you're not good enough, you often find yourself in isolation, sitting in the dark room, abandoned and longing for love -- Here is the eight-step process for you to take on in order to never ever again be lost in the fear of not being enough.
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I look forward to Eid, but as Eid approaches, I start to miss Ramadan. Many of my Muslim friends share the same bittersweet feeling. I am not sure if I would feel the same bittersweet feeling if I was observing Ramadan on my own, or at least not to the same extent. A partner in crime is a must.
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There is a kind of loneliness that cuts even deeper than feeling alone. Social isolation -- the lack of meaningful relationships and human contact and connections -- is a devastating affliction, with impacts ranging from depression to accelerated aging and the risk of early death. Older persons are especially vulnerable.Older people face multiple risk factors: a partner's death, disability, chronic illness, reduced or unstable income, loss of vision or hearing, frailty, fear of falling and fear of forgetting.
Lack of social connections can be as harmful to people's well-being as suffering from diseases, stress or poverty, and can even reduce life expectancy. Loneliness and isolation are not only on the rise among the elderly but growing parts of the general population as well.
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There are times in everyone's life when only a hug will do. Now one Japanese company has come up with a chair that's always ready to give a comforting cuddle. The "tranquility chair" is built in the s...
All it takes is one rock to start an avalanche. That's all it takes. And in like manner, all it takes is one person to begin a cascade of love. That love and care and compassion and concern -- it's a free fall after that one encounter.
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For the series It's About The Words & Conversations, Rickie Lee Jones talks about the impact of Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea in her life and an ongoing desire for connection.
A new study on loneliness may force some people to take a good honest look at their relationship and reevaluate their choice of partner. Because according to researchers out of the University of Toron...
Six months: It was exactly six months ago that my beloved husband died. There was a breath, and then, none. Life left the room, leaving behind love, loneliness, bittersweet memories, and a range of emotions. I do not mourn his death, but I do mourn his absence and I have learned that absence can be a presence.
Loneliness is something we all experience at certain times. It's not simply a function of being single or alone. You can feel lonely in a crowd, at a party, in the office, even in bed with somebody. Here are good things to remind yourself if, and when, you feel lonely.
Lonely, isolated, disconnected ... unhealthy? It turns out, feeling lonely might not just be emotionally difficult — it could also harm your immune system, according to a new study. The research, pre...
Social isolation may be associated with poor health consequences, including heart disease, researchers say. People with atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, and who live alone may be at hi...