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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Lonely or Alone? Know the Difference

Loneliness is not the same thing as being alone. After all, feelings of isolation can strike when you’re in a roomful of people or among your closest friends. Rather, it’s the painful experience of feeling alone. It occurs when there’s a discrepancy between what we want out of our relationships and what we’re actually getting. Sometimes, this is due to life circumstances, like losing a partner or moving to a new town. Other times, it reflects a person’s interior state. Studies have shown that lonely people often have incorrect assumptions about how other people perceive them. As a result, they have difficulty forming meaningful connections.

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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