Loneliness is common in American society. It doesn’t matter what age you are or whether you are married or single.
Loneliness is more widespread than most of us realize. It just isn't something we want to admit to others.
We become lonely when our need for a close, caring relationship is not met.
What does loneliness feel like?
One person put it this way "It feels like I am invisible. I can't connect with anyone. I feel isolated from people even if I am in a crowd. I have no social support and feel like those around me do not want to take the time to understand me."
God designed humans to be social and to love and care for each other. So we all need friends who will notice us and care about us, try to understand what we are going through, and provide the necessary support.
Loneliness can hurt your health...
It has been linked to poor immune functioning, elevated blood pressure, higher levels of stress hormones, lower sleep quality, obesity, alcoholism and drug abuse, and even dementia in older adults. Loneliness also diminishes the brain's executive functioning, making it harder for lonely people to control their desires.