Loneliness Epidemic

Loneliness Epidemic

“Do you feel lonely? You are not alone.

One in 10 Americans say they feel isolated from those around them all or most of the time; Half-a-million Japanese report suffering from social isolation and the United Kingdom appointed a minister for loneliness — the first of its kind — prompting leaders at the Davos World Economic Forum to discuss the growing global health concern last week.

One U.S. scientist says she might have the answer — in the form of a pill…

Cacioppo is focusing on normalizing the levels of allopregnanolone — a naturally produced neurosteroid in the body — that as a result could address some of the loneliness-related biological changes in the brain. The pill, she says, is different from commonly used anti-depressants in that “we are targeting loneliness more specifically.”

[Will a pill fix nation’s loneliness ‘epidemic’? | Fox News]

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First the New York Times suggests an app to fix loneliness while Fox News suggests a pill.

Neither will work.

That is the best you can do? An app? A pill? P-l-e-a-s-e

The app is part of the social media which increased loneliness in the land, and the pill will only mask a terminal state of being.

At best a pill for loneliness would only whitewash reality for a short period of time.

How could there be anything but a loneliness epidemic?

The government and the Cultural Christian Church have shoved God out and He is the only source of love for which a man or woman will find the power to love others. Everything else, though labeled love is nothing but ravenous self-centeredness taking what it can from others.

Indeed, there is a loneliness epidemic because no body wants to give up self so that God’s love can enrich their lives. Only you, being made a new creation by the hand of God will rid you of loneliness while giving you the ability to selflessly love others.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17) 

Once sinful self is given up God fills that void and loneliness becomes a thing of the past.

From then on a person is never concerned with his or her loneliness but finding ways to express God’s love.

One might be lonely in finding someone to love, but never alone in one’s loneliness.

So sinister is sinful self in it’s self-seeking that it takes a cross given by the hand of God in a person’s life before they are able to honestly love others. Certainly, the hypocrisy in and out of the Christian church is proof enough of that fact.

Everyone declares they want to be loved and to love others but will only do so by loving themselves in the process. Since true love is not self-seeking, this is an impossibility.2Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

Desire never to feel lonely? Then forgo the lonely pill and pick up your cross.

Let God place you among a group of believers for whom He is teaching them how to love one another.

Look to God for it is He who places the lonely in families.

God sets the lonely in families…

(Psalm 68:6)

Mankind’s sense of loneliness is directly linked to being separated from the God who created us. Once separated from God we can never feel fully connected to others until that relationship is restored. Again, Cultural Christianity is powerless to produce love in the Holy Spirit.

A Cultural Christian Church only thinks they know what I am talking about and those un-churched have no frame of reference to understand this selfless love of Jesus manifested among fellow believers.

In other words, like all things Jesus you have to live it to understand it.

Those willing to surrender all to God will never be lonely again – even if left all alone for a season.

The reason those on Facebook are hopelessly lonely yet those deserted by all in Jesus will never be lonely is because God draws near as a friend when no one else can or will. As the Good Book declares: A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)

Jesus is that Brother of brothers.

Know this, that God is the friend who sticks closer than a brother to those who love Him with an undying love.1Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love. (Ephesians 6:24)

If you desire to know God, to never be lonely, and here is the bonus part, have fellowship with others through heaven-sent love, then let God empower and teach you how to love others.

Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers, to do so more and more. (1 Thessalonians 4:9-10)

The love I am writing about here is unearthly, not at all like the gimmicks, self-motivation and vain promises individuals vow towards each other. This is not love like the pot luck dinners at a church building or the label “love” placed on whatever each person or group defines as love.

This is real love, eternal, lasting love and a foretaste of the love that is alive in heaven at this moment.

This is God inspired, God directed and God’s love directly working through an individual’s life.

It is a love that is all consuming, truthful, self-sacrificing, holy, pure, joyful and beyond my pathetic words in this post.

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:7) 

As Jesus said: By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:35)

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“”Social media tried to promote social gathering but in reality it might increase the feelings of loneliness,” Cacioppo said. “It all depends how we use it. If you use social media to only watch others having fun, you might feel extremely lonely. But if you use it as a way to talk to your own friends and be really authentic and then schedule face-to-face meetings then you may feel less lonely.”

On her website, Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Happiness Project,” outlines practical steps to fight off loneliness that don’t involve medication. “Making a habit of nurturing others,” notes Rubin — like teaching a class or volunteering — can lead to a greater sense of purpose and self-worth. “It’s just as important to give support as to get support,” she writes. Other behaviors include seeking out a group — such a book club or workout class — as well as improving an individual’s quality of sleep.”

[Will a pill fix nation’s loneliness ‘epidemic’? | Fox News]

 

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(foxnews.com)—“Loneliness is bad for your health. Social isolation is associated with a significantly increased risk of premature death. And the problem resists fixing; solitary people who participate in experiments meant to nudge them into joining groups tend to have high rates of recidivism. According to a study published this month in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, however, it might be possible to reduce loneliness by using cellphones to teach a particular type of meditation.

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and several other institutions recruited 153 men and women who considered themselves stressed out — the study was slightly mischaracterized to disguise a primary concern, loneliness. Next, the volunteers completed questionnaires: They were asked about their social networks, their interactions with others and their feelings of loneliness, if any. Their baseline levels of sociability were established through texts that prodded them to answer questions about what they were doing and with whom. This monitoring lasted three days.”

[Loneliness Is Bad for Your Health. An App May Help. – The New York Times]