Recent studies have shown that face-to-face interactions and strong social connections are linked to better mental health and higher overall happiness. However, according to a recent article in Forbes, about 50% of Americans report feeling lonely either sometimes or always, and many report that they don't have what would be considered a "good friend" at all. Feelings of loneliness and solitude are even more prevalent among older generations, who are more likely to be living alone.
When we experience feelings of isolation, it's important to remember that we are not alone in feeling lonely.
To combat feelings of loneliness and improve your mental wellbeing, consider:
living closer to friends and relatives
volunteering with local community organizations
joining a club that focuses on an activity you love
keeping up your physical health by eating healthy foods and exercising regularly
putting down your phone for a "digital detox"
seeking professional counseling