A recent survey has revealed that almost 50% of all adults in the UK experience feelings of loneliness. For some people the feeling is fleeting, for others it is a battle they face every day.
While loneliness is considered as an emotional feeling, studies have shown that severe loneliness is felt as a physical sensation and is processed by the same part of the brain as hunger. The reason being alone affects us so much is because feeling connected to the rest of the world is one of the biggest components of happiness.
Unfortunately a sense of disconnection can come as we age, however in today’s world loneliness is becoming a problem for the young too. People aged between 24 and 44 are now five times more likely to live alone than they were four decades ago. Of course there are some people who relish being alone and enjoy living by themselves, but there are others who struggle without social interaction.
Once loneliness begins it has a habit of feeding on...