Understanding Loneliness

What makes us happiest in life? Some people may point to fabulous fame and fortune. Yet hands down, surveys show that friends and family are the real prize. Even though our need to connect is innate, some of us always go home alone. You could have people around you throughout the day or even be in a lifelong marriage, and still experience a deep, pervasive loneliness. Unsurprisingly, isolation can have a serious detrimental effect on one's mental and physical health.

Recent posts on Loneliness

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By Caroline Beaton on April 25, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
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By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in How To Do Life
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By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on April 18, 2017 in ExperiMentations
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By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 06, 2017 in How To Do Life
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The Unexpected Loneliness of New Mothers

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on March 28, 2017 in The Squeaky Wheel
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By Greg Dillon M.D. on March 27, 2017 in Surf-Head
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By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 23, 2017 in How To Do Life
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By Saul Levine M.D. on February 28, 2017 in Our Emotional Footprint
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By Gretchen Rubin on February 27, 2017 in The Happiness Project
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By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in Media Spotlight
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Why Millennials Are Lonely

By Caroline Beaton on February 23, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
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Feeling Friendless After Separation

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in The Friendship Doctor
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By Frances Kuffel on February 14, 2017 in What Fat Women Want
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By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on February 12, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
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By Robert L. Leahy Ph.D. on February 09, 2017 in Anxiety Files
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By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
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By Caitlin Cantor LCSW, CST on February 01, 2017 in Modern Sex
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By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on January 08, 2017 in Obesely Speaking
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