In The News: Loneliness Is Contagious!

December 16, 2009 at 5:12 pm , by

418OgVjEL2L._SS500_It’s not just the flu going around this winter. Loneliness is spreading like a virus—minus the bodily fluid—according to a recent study.  Apparently one lonely person’s isolation from their network of friends has a ripple effect causing the connections between other group members to unravel, infecting them with loneliness.

So, during this holiday season while you’re busy setting and confirming travel and dinner plans, don’t assume that everyone has some place to go or people to see. Maybe inviting a non-family member to the annual family get-together would add some extra holiday cheer to this year’s event. And if you’re the one with an empty to-do list, the holidays are a great excuse to email long lost friends. Send them an e-card to let them know that your New Year’s resolution is to keep in touch. Write a comment on your friend’s newest post on Facebook. Or you could try to meet new friends by volunteering or cultivating a hobby. Websites like Meetup give you access to thousands of groups across the country that host events for practically any activity you can imagine. There really is no reason to be lonely this Christmas!

(Charlie Brown Christmas Tree from Amazon.)