Friendship as Antidote to Loneliness – Part 3

Friendship as Antidote to Loneliness – Part 3

No sane person would say, “I do not want any friends,” but plenty of people who say they have lots of friends have none. I know; I was such a one. You may have many acquaintances and tons of family members, neighbors, co-workers, fellow church members (or if you’re a...
Friendship as Antidote to Loneliness – Part 2

Friendship as Antidote to Loneliness – Part 2

Pursuing romance is easy compared to the pursuit of friendship. That’s an important observation drawn from my four decades as a pastoral psychotherapist. In America, few people marry whoever just happens to show up in their lives. They date and court, and by and...
Friendship as Antidote to Loneliness – Part 1

Friendship as Antidote to Loneliness – Part 1

There’s a famous country song called “Lookin’ for Love in All the Wrong Places.” People spend a lifetime doing just that. This is the first of three articles about what I have learned about looking for love in the right places. At the start, I need to confess that I...
Why Are Nearly Half of U.S. Adults Feeling Lonely?

Why Are Nearly Half of U.S. Adults Feeling Lonely?

Nearly half of U.S. adults feel lonely. That was a key finding in a survey published in May 2018 and reported on by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Surveying 20,000 people with 20 questions, researchers calculated a “loneliness score” from 20 to 80. Those scoring 43...