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3 ways to beat loneliness

That loneliness is directly proportional to your relationship status is a deep seated belief in our society

Except that it isn’t. According to Dr. Jacqueline Olds, author and psychiatrist at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital, you can be in a room full of people and still feel lonely

Tap to check out a few
science-backed ways to beat loneliness, as shared by Olds

Kindred spirits
Seeking out like-minded people is one of the most effective ways to beat loneliness

“When you’re with someone in the same room, you get a much stronger set of stimuli than you do by watching them on an electronic screen," Olds says

Start a group
You can start your own quiz nights, group hikes, exploring your city on foot expeditions and anything else that catches your fancy

Kick those social skills into full gear
Old shares a few ways that you can brush up on your social skills: initiate a conversation, be present and listen and ask questions

You don’t have to become bosom friends with the people you’re starting out new friendships with; but focussing on building new bonds is definitely one of the best ways to beat loneliness

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