Friends to the Rescue: Don't Let Loneliness Harm Your Health

Feeling lonely and socially isolated can be bad for your health, say experts at the Cleveland Clinic. Here are 9 ways to reconnect. (11 Photos)

Cleveland Clinic on Mar 20, 2012 at 5:00PM

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Friends to the Rescue: Don't Let Loneliness Harm Your Health

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Stay Connected, Stay Healthy

When it comes to happiness, feeling supported and loved ranks high among our needs. Despite our need to connect, one in five people suffers from loneliness. And it affects more than widows and wallflowers. It’s not only happiness that’s at stake; loneliness is also a health threat. “If you isolate any social species, they die earlier. The same thing goes for humans,” says Mladen Golubi, MD, PhD, medical director of the Center for Lifestyle Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. Fortunately, loneliness can be conquered. Here’s how.

Learn how to let go of loneliness and find more joy in your life with help from Cleveland Clinic Wellness.com.

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