Loneliness is not good for your health. As award-winning actress Audrey Hepburn once pointed out: “When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that’s when I think life is over.”
If too much love can kill you, so goes a line of a song, so it loneliness. In fact, a recent study compared loneliness to that of obesity. “The research, presented at the American Psychological Association, proved that loneliness and isolation have now been considered as a public health concern as they have caused a number of premature deaths in 300,000 participants of 148 studies,” the article said.
For the information of uninformed, loneliness in the said study pertains not only in the state of being single but also social isolation and living alone. Virginia Woolf, in “The Waves,” gave us some insight: “Alone, I often fall down into nothingness. I must push my foot stealthily lest I should fall off the edge of the world into nothingness. I have to bang my head against some hard door to call myself back to the body.”
According to the study, those who had greater social connections were recorded to have 50% reduced risk of dying, where death caused by obesity only at 30%. About 70 studies were done; some 3.4 million people in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia participated in the study. Results echoed the same findings. For me, you should cope up with loneliness. Take control of your self and make things better. Create something. kNow what makes your heart skip a beat. Cultivate your passion and share it. As for me, I share my knowledge on technology to peple I know and those who need it. Like last weekend, i helped a friend know access point test and it helped him.
Obesity, by the way, means having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person’s weight is greater than what’s considered healthy for his or her height.
Now, going back to the study of loneliness. Principal author Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad of Brigham Young University said “self-reported feeling of loneliness (subjective) and the state of being socially isolated (objective) potentially damaging.” “People who say they are alone but feel happy are at increased risk of death, as are those who have many social connections but they say they are lonely,” Dr. Holt-Lunstad was quoted as saying.