Breaking the Cycle of Loneliness

An ongoing Harvard study points to one important thing.

“Good relationships keep us happier and healthier.  Period”.

A Cigna study done just last year shows that only 50% of Americans have “meaningful in-person social interactions” on a daily basis.

The numbers are worse for Gen Z – our children and grandchildren.

One solution – volunteer.

Give of your time.  In giving you receive the benefit of in person face-to-face social interaction.

Phones make us feel alone.

Screens divert us to the black hole of social media.

A “smart” phone owner is one who cultivates face-to-face relationships.

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Getting Unstuck

  1. Yes, I can.
  2. I am good enough.
  3. It’s worth it.
  4. If I fear life, I risk losing all the good things about life.
  5. Trying even without succeeding is a reward all of its own.

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The Power of Forgiveness

We don’t forgive for the offender.

We do it for ourselves.

We let go of hatred, animosity and hurt so that we might not become the person who did us wrong.

Practicing letting go on little things so that we might have the strength to do it on the big ones.

Trying to see things from the point of view of the person who hurt us not to condone or accept it but to get to the bottom of it.

Letting go is an act of faith – we commit to do it and then do it.

Forgiveness does not mean having to forget or putting yourself in harm’s way for future abuse.

When bad feelings return, remind yourself how good it feels to let go of anger and hurt that otherwise could make for an unhappy life.

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Overcoming Fear

Fear thought is planning to worry.

Forethought is planning ahead.

Why plan to worry when you can think about success?

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Changing the Narrative

Most folks don’t have a prayer of starting the day in a positive way once their narrative is hijacked and taken from them.

Bad news on the morning shows, radio or online.

Emails and text messages that present problems and upset.

Then we bump into people who through some sort of osmosis transfer their anxiety to us.

Resist the bad news of the day.

Reject the problems of others – even to listen to them can cause more anxiety.

Stick to your goals for the day ahead and not be detoured by someone else’s negative narrative. 

Change the narrative from bad news to hope. 

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