A new study shows that even one day of being alone makes our brain respond as if we’ve been fasting. Food feeds us and fills us up, as does connections.
Children left on their own, abandoned, have no choice but to learn how to survive alone. What are the lessons they can teach the rest of us?
In the most populous country in the world, it’s still a lonely place when you are just one.
Letter writing is our way of trying to understand our loneliness and it is an act of hope that the person reading will somehow make us feel less alone.
You’ve really hit the jackpot if in the county of Somerset, you are a resident of Frome, a town built on the eastern edge of Mendip Hills. Population in Frome: 28,000. The number of lonely? Perhaps zero.
In times of trauma and stress, people, animals, and even nature somehow find a way of coming together. It’s a phenomenon that has been documented in bees and trees and even in human knees.
The legendary spymaster known only as the Man Without a Face lived a life of concealment. He was rarely ever seen by outsiders during his time in power.
We instantly connect to fictional orphan characters when we read about them in books like the Harry Potter series and Dorothy Gale in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. But why?
During lockdowns, when gyms and pools were all closed, the only form of exercise many people could do was walk. Our outside walks became rituals for many of us, the only time of the day or night when we left our homes.
Superheroes can save us from many things including annihilation, evil, mutant viruses, and mad geniuses. But perhaps the most important one is these characters have something to teach us about loneliness.