Gratitude is the Antidote for Loneliness
By: Cristin Coffey, Mon Ami companion
“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”
― John F. Kennedy
Life is better with connection. I’m not talking about the connection of receiving a comment on a post, or receiving hundreds of views on your latest Tik Tok video. Instead, the connection of having a shoulder to cry on, a hand to hold during times of freight, a hug to mend lost time, and someone to share your memories with. Being on your phone, for those of all ages, creates a black hole that sucks you in and creates a wall around yourself. Setting your phone down, and talking with those who are around you is practicing gratitude.
Being grateful for those around you allows you to never feel alone.
Research in positive psychology has found results showing that individuals who express gratitude show reduced levels of depression and anxiety. Additionally, those who have gratitude tend to have an increased joyful attitude towards life.
The importance of gratitude during the holidays can change the family’s perspective. Dropping grudges, turning frowns upside down, and appreciating each other’s company is better for your mental and physical health!
Why loneliness is bad for humans.
There is no denying the current conversation about the awareness of loneliness and it’s negative physical effects on people. Business Insider speaks about the differences between social isolation and the feeling of loneliness, showing that the feeling of loneliness can increase the rate of early death. The New York Times brings up loneliness during the holiday season, explaining that social engagement and participation is important to the increase of togetherness.
According to WebMD, loneliness is linked to obesity and premature death. To protect your health, it is essential to have a social network of support and communication. As mentioned earlier, a great way to stay connected is by a joint activity and the best form of social activity is eating, right? Maybe it’s just mine! Nevertheless, the holiday season is a host of endless get togethers where friends and family come around the dinner table and share the past year’s memories.
Coming together for health and wellness.
Seniors in America can be an overlooked population, with rising rates of loneliness. Therefore, there are numerous ways to stay connected with people besides eating! The holiday season is a time for giving, gratitude, and community.
Simply, starting a conversation with a stranger and being genuinely interested about how they are doing. Or, being a Mon Ami companion can provide opportunities to spend time with seniors who may be experiencing an isolated times during the busy festive season. Get together with a family member, or invite an elderly neighbor to come and bake together traditional recipes, just like companion Gabby and 101 year old Dorothy who baked Dorothy’s World Famous Pie!