Whether it’s your co-workers, family or friends, you probably know someone dealing with loneliness. You’ve seen people who are sad when everyone else is joyful. You’ve seen others who are disgruntled when others are thankful.
In those times, how can you help your friends conquer loneliness?
Everyone has a basic desire to belong. The emotional toll of loneliness can be overwhelming, a real sign something has to change. When is the last time you asked someone at work, “How are you?” Probably every day. But when’s the last time you meant it and went beyond, “Fine.” Share a piece of yourself with them, even if it’s just an understanding nod.
As hard as it can be to battle loneliness, it can be done ONE THING at a time. Day by day, you can help your co-worker, friend or family member find hope.
- Recommend community service. Volunteer opportunities are a great way to meet people and cultivate friendships.
- Focus on bringing your friend to places where people share similar attitudes, interests and values.
- Talk about positive things rather than rejection. Lonely people often expect rejection.
Social media has made it easier to conquer loneliness. If your friend or family member likes to use computers, help them explore possibilities in cyberspace. The potential for online relationships are seemingly everywhere.
- Facebook and Twitter offer ways to re-connect with friends and make new ones.
- Internet games include everything opportunities to message online and talk live over audio lines.
- Online seminars give interested people a chance to learn about everything from poetry to travel.
Much of conquering loneliness deals with self-esteem. You can help your co-worker, friends and family see life in a different perspective.
If you could do ONE THING and know that it would make a significant, lasting, possibly life-changing difference in your life, would you do it? Dr. Carlson shares the power of ONE THING and why you should get started doing your ONE THING today.
Do you remember times when you’ve been lonely? How did you overcome it? We’ve love to hear your success stories. Post your comments below.