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Loneliness is as toxic as smoking 15 sticks a day

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Researchers have found that loneliness is just as lethal as smoking 15 cigarettes per day. Lonely people are 50% more likely to die prematurely than those with healthy social relationships.
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There are several reasons why loneliness can be deadly. First, it reduces your immunity, which can increase your risk of disease. But, it also increases inflammation in the body, which can contribute to heart disease and other chronic health conditions.
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Stress will also affect you more if you're lonely. Financial trouble, health problems, and everyday obstacles may take a bigger emotional toll on individuals who lack social and emotional support.
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Is your country doing enough to keep people connected?
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I spent a year almost totally alone and it was the best year of my life. I got healthy, gained body confidence, learned new skills and got back out into the real world! I regret it, so, so, so very much. I love my boyfriend and my family, but all I want in the world is to be alone again. To eat and sleep when I want, to be able to just get up and clean at 3am without bugging anybody, to make a mess without being judged or in the way, to fall asleep accross the entire bed and to wake up and just play my violin when the urge strikes me instead of on some awful schedule. God how I MISS being lonely. When I was lonely it hurt but I could do what I needed to to feel better. Now when I feel sad I have to hide away or tiptoe around someone trying to comfort me. Instead of feeling lonely now I just feel... trapped I guess. I don't think true happiness is real for any length of time. Every feeling is work in the end.
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In the modern world, demonstrating that you can live a life alone has become fashion and so important to people to feel good about themselves - Actually, humans are not made to be alone, like any other animals, we are social beasts. Our genes haven’t changed much for the last 50000 years, only our way of living has evolved rapidly ! So, we remain social animals, whether some people like it or not !
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Living alone doesn't automatically mean loneliness or a illness. I speak for myself and I'm 43 and by choice I tend not to look for company and I do speak to everyone I encounter. I work, I go out, i travel but I choose to live alone and do majority of life's events alone. I do laugh, I talk to people when I want to. I love knowing new places, new cultures and new people, but then I do like to go home. I do like my own company, and there is nothing I enjoy more than calm, I do treasurit. I do enjoy all the other states or feelings but do what I feel like and then go home it's the best feeling. I am single, but i do have a loved family, I do have relationships , but until now i love the way I choose to live. There are many like me and the tendency is growing yes. It's not a club and no you don't get a badge. Simply learn to love your company, and be curious, that will keep you busy. This is quite different from loneliness, illness or anxiety. These are different cases and need awareness, precautions and solutions. Do not mistaken them. Cheers.
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Just look at the people waiting for the bus. There was a time they would be chatting together, not now. Now they are spread out with their heads buried in phones and barely look up.
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It is interesting to see this because it also impacts our access to housing. The more people living alone, the more housing that is needed. In the UK, there is a program that matches young people with seniors who have homes. The young person lives like a roommate with the older person. It provides teaching, community and support for both. Tenants are screened before being placed. It helps the young person find an affordable place to live while they are getting their lives off the ground.
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Our ancestors have some great lessons for us and one of them is to embrace hospitality. Hospitality has the answer to the growing epidemic of loneliness
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And with all new technology people will be even more isolated because they chat on the phone or tablet instead of physically visiting someone
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Yeah this is the consequences of the mass consumption consumer culture. The myth of believing things will bring happiness created by media and advertising and the artificial sense of duty to contribute to a society that's needs are based on turning natural capital in to material capital that in turn depletes finite resources and poisons the environment we rely on to survive with pollution, toxic waste materials, and garbage. This is completely unnatural to primal human behaviors and this is the mental consequences on individuals and society. It has accelerated with computers and the powers that be will gladly see it continue to do so.
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Living in solitude doesn't automatically make you lonely. I live in solitude yet my anxiety is quite the opposite of that of a lonely person. Not to mention the constant paranoia while I am around other people.
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