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JOY An epidemic of loneliness is literally killing us. But Jillian Richardson has an antidote … Interview Ruth Walker
hen did being lonely become such a source of shame? In a society where friends are currency and “likes” a measure of one’s success, the value of genuine human connection somehow got lost along the way. If you’re lonely, that must mean you’re unlovable, right? Yet the US is in the midst of a loneliness epidemic. Nearly half of all Americans say they always or sometimes feel alone or left out. More than half say they feel no one truly knows them. Loneliness is the number one fear for millennials. Worse than losing a job or a home. Forty two percent of millennial women are more afraid of loneliness than a cancer diagnosis. The result? Not just an upshot in psychiatric illnesses like depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia. But
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