Loneliness

On The Week That Was

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Please Do Lead Me Astray The House of Lords is reeling after a certain peer was found to be ageing rather disgracefully. I have to say that the photo...

Forgive Yourself, Being a Parent Is Hard Enough

Zara Walker | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Parents
Zara Walker

Parenthood isn't the hardest thing on earth, it is wonderful and brings with it a lot of joy. However it is the emotional torture we put ourselves through continually that beings to weigh us down, or gives us the feeling of being mentally and physically tired.

How Understanding Your Social Interaction Personality Can Help to Prevent Loneliness

Dr Rebecca Harris | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Rebecca Harris

Loneliness is literally painful. It activates the same brain areas that alert us to physical pain, making us seek out others and encouraging us to spend time with family and friends. To prevent our brains triggering this feeling, we must understand why it happens and learn to respond to it promptly.

The Behaviour of Political Leaders Reflects the Social Norms of Their Culture

Nick Clements | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Clements

Our mostly male political contestants are presently locked in a struggle to dominate. In the fight between these figurehead men, full of bluster and bravado, the aim is to become all-powerful. Mention of coalition is dismissed as a sign of weakness.

Depression Sufferers Open Up About The Social Networking Site Made Specifically For Them

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When depression takes hold, those caught in its grips can feel increasingly isolated. The mental health condition is not uncommon - in fact, rough...

Can Writing Be a Sociable Activity?

Ben Adams | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ben Adams

Over the past few weeks, I have looked in to a whole variety of ways of keeping myself sane while I write. It's not as though I want to chat all day, but having the odd conversation with an adult every so often would be nice, even if I don't get to share their pizza.

The Psychology of 'Over-Sharing'

Sandi Mann | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sandi Mann

Social media is crammed with the inane, repetitive and quite frankly dull minutiae of everyday life that can surely interest no one but the poster (and maybe their mum). Why then, do we overshare so much? I have a few theories:

How 'Loneliness Maps' Could Improve The Nation's Health

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Loneliness is an increasing problem in the UK, currently affecting an estimated 800,000 people in the England alone. Yet most of us don't realise ...

Getting to Know Your Neighbours Is Good for Your Health: Five Ways to Make the First Move

Sir Tim Smit KBE | Posted 07.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sir Tim Smit KBE

I'm always interested in how people connect with one another. So it worries me that, in some UK villages, towns and cities, getting to know our neighbours seems to have fallen out of fashion. It should, in fact, be a priority.

We All Need Friends

Richard Kramer | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK
Richard Kramer

Our friendships are among the most valuable relationships we have. This is the same for people young and old. We are all social beings and require one another. However, many people with disabilities are facing major challenges in making and sustaining friendships.

Our First And Last Love...

Amy Anka | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

Like Jean-Paul Sartre, the French Philosopher once said "If you are lonely when you're alone, you are in bad company". I truly believe that until you are content within your own company, you are always going to be attracting someone into your life that is lacking something in some way.

Reflections on a Year Past

Anne Look | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anne Look

There is a kind of loneliness here. Australia forces a sensory of self that holds no prisoners. It's a strange juxtaposition, resting somewhere between a launching pad for the fearless and a refuge for the fearful. You're exposed in your remoteness, yet somehow comforted by the thought of it.

Why the World Needs to Learn to Dine Alone

Marina Van Goor | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Marina Van Goor

I wanted to challenge the status quo through design. Nowadays, it's expected that you're happy, batting away friends and have loads to share. Albeit virtual, social media has become the dominant public space and it relies on the expression of such things.

Britain's Most Popular Drug

Tom Beetham | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Beetham

As I languish in a town where I could count acquaintances of a similar age on one hand, working a zero-hour contract which my degree and successful school did little to prepare me for, the real world has somewhat lost its rosiness.

Trusting Other People Is the Key to Overcoming Family Estrangement and Isolation

Becca Bland | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Becca Bland

Living with the feeling that your life and existence mean very little to anyone at all can create a dangerous state of mind, only worsened by the idea that the reason for your loneliness is shameful. Those who are estranged are too often reminded of the isolating family myth - that everyone else in society is enjoying a functional and close family experience.

Here's Why You Should Always Reach Out To Someone With Cancer

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Much is said about the health side effects of having cancer, but not enough about the emotional mountain that faces someone undergoing treatment. ...

Your Neighbourhood Needs You - Give a Little Community Spirit to Help Our Elders

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

One of the saddest things I read while investigating community spirit was to learn that one million people in the UK may not have spoken to another human being in a month. And, for an estimated five million older people living alone, TV is their closest companion.

How It Really Feels Like to Be in Between Being Lonely and Wanting to Be Alone

Daphne Ashley Sze | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK
Daphne Ashley Sze

We're young and free, and victors of our own lives - let's not allow negative emotions to consume us. We have friends and family - people who matter to us, they will make us feel both safe and important.

Men Get Lonely - So What? Tell Someone Who Cares

Xavier Toby | Posted 07.03.2015 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

"Hey you. If you've got a problem, do something about it. Don't talk about it. Nobody cares." As a man, I've heard this before. All the time actually, and in several different ways. After a girlfriend cheated on me, when I was shattered and expressed a need to discuss it, a friend told me: "You need to stop talking and thinking about it right now. Nobody cares."

How Your Genes Could Make You Single Plus Other Weird Health Studies Of 2014

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

There's nothing like a bizarre health study to mole over on your lunch break. Credit where credit's due, most of the health studies we come across ...

Jack Sommers

Loneliness, Self-Harm And Internet Dating: The Darker Side Of Christmas

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK

When 85-year-old Barbara Flynn was at her lowest ebb, she carried a portable phone and would check her voicemail just to hear the "human voice" told h...

There's No Room at the Inn!

Elaine Benton | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

As adults we often view loneliness as a sign of failure, and a successful person is surrounded by a multitude of friends. In reality, this is not the case, for generally one has only a small handful of what can be considered loyal good friends, the others are merely acquaintances.

Wishing You a Holiday Season Aflame With Gratitude!

Tony Lobl | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Picture this. You gather family and friends of all ages in a large room and ask each person to hold a single, unlit candle. Then you turn out t...

Spending Christmas Alone? You're Not Alone

Suzi Dixon | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Dixon

There will be a least one or two dark winter days, and nights, when I will be on my own. And I'm sure I will be lonely. I work from home, so if I'm having a detox (which I am currently) I can go days without human contact. So I can imagine what it's like for housebound pensioners.

The Art of Conversation: Why We Need It

Kirsten Brown | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsten Brown

So next time your mind wanders to how that friend of yours is, rather than push that thought to the back of your mind, call them. Next time an elderly person starts talking to you, take the time to listen and talk back.