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Loneliness Is NOT a Joke. Here Are 9 Ways to Deal With It

Over the past few months, the growing chronic loneliness epidemic has come up repeatedly in my interviews on the Passion Struck podcast. Given its prevalence, I decided to devote this episode to addressing its significance.

What is Loneliness?

Loneliness is a human sentiment that is complicated and unique to every person. Because there isn’t a known common cause, the consequences of loneliness and its prevention can vary dramatically.

Anne Hathaway did a great job articulating her feelings about loneliness in the following quote, “Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life. The thing that I’m most worried about is just being alone without anybody to care for or someone who will care for me.”

Her quote brings to life how differently we each experience loneliness. For example, a lonely elderly person who struggles to have people to talk to has different needs than a college student leaving home for the first time.

Loneliness is not an abstract state that impacts only particular kinds of people. The fact is that loneliness can affect everyone — young, old, and in-between — and at any point in life. In fact, loneliness is a chronic state that impacts as many as 33% of the world’s population.

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What are the Consequences of Loneliness and Ten Ways to Deal With Social Isolation?

In today’s Momentum Friday Passion Struck podcast episode, I dive into what it means to be “lonely,” as well as the causes and consequences of loneliness, and provide ten different ways to deal with loneliness.

  • Why loneliness is not an abstract state that impacts only particular kinds of people
  • Illustrating the importance of human interaction
  • The difference between being alone and being lonely
  • The causes and effects of social isolation
  • Ten ways to overcome loneliness
  • Why the most terrible poverty is loneliness
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181 | 10 Ways to Deal with Social Isolation | Passion Struck with John R. Miles
181 | 10 Ways to Deal with Social Isolation | Passion Struck with John R. Miles

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Resources From The Show On Loneliness and Ways to Deal with Social Isolation

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* Dealing with the epidemic of chronic loneliness:

Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection by John T. Cacioppo for Passion Struck podcast book list

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About John R. Miles

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John R. Miles is the CEO, and Founder of PASSION STRUCK®, the first of its kind company, focused on impacting real change by teaching people how to live Intentionally. He is on a mission to help people live a no-regrets life that exalts their victories and lets them know they matter in the world. For over two decades, he built his own career applying his research of passion struck leadership, first becoming a Fortune 50 CIO and then a multi-industry CEO. John is also a prolific public speaker, venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and author.


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