Breaking the toxic impact of loneliness

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    A growing body of research finds that loneliness has a negative impact on people’s health and well being.

    Studies of elderly people and social isolation found that those without meaningful social connections were twice as likely to die prematurely as their peers.

     

     

    The negative health consequences of loneliness has been likened to that of obesity and smoking.

    In their weekly conversation, WHYY’s behavioral health reporter Maiken Scott and psychologist Dan Gottlieb discuss how people become lonely, and how to break out of it.

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