Having spent almost 30 years in radio, I can tell you first hand that there are alot of lonely people around us. I spent many moments throughout my career talking to many lonely people on radio request lines. There are people out there that are literally hungry for some companionship.
According to former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Viveck Murthy, we live in the most technologically connected age in the history of civilization, yet rates of loneliness have doubled since the 1980’s. And that’s not a good thing. Experts conclude that people who are lonely get sick more often, have cognitive decline, and are more prone to early death. Not only that, but the lifespans of the lonely are akin to those that smoke a pack of cigarettes a day.
So, what can you do about this loneliness epidemic? Get out there and make friends. If you see someone sitting alone at work, at church, wherever, sit and talk to them. Listen to what’s going on in their life. If you ARE lonely, maybe you should volunteer, get involved in your local church or do something worthwhile to surround yourself with more people.
The fact is that we weren’t put on this earth for our own comfort and entertainment. We were put here, I believe in part, to make a difference in the lives of others. That’s how we’ll be remembered and judged when we are gone, so why don’t we all do something about that now? Be a friend to someone today. It may just save their life!