“You may feel lonely, but you’re not alone” – next avenue

“Although making friends later in life is difficult, perseverance is worth it”

Lonely-Youre-Not-Aloneby Barbara Rady Kazdan

“‘I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; can give and receive without judgment and derive sustenance and strength from the relationship,’ Brené Brown, the author and speaker of one of the most famous TED Talks once said.

“I was reminded of this quote when today’s mail brought a survey from my congregation for ‘households with only one adult member.’ They’d found that 25 percent of members fit that description. How, the letter asked, could these households be better served?

“I wondered, who are those single members?  Never married, not yet, not interested; divorced; widowed like me…. The survey never asked the jackpot questions: Are you lonely? How can we help?”

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