December 16, 2018

Common Concern

‘Tis the season of peace, joy, love, and laughter, and gift giving abounds. Family and friends are abundant, and “life is good.”. Well, not for everyone. The older man down the street who is now a widower, the teenager who is being bullied, and the woman alienated from her family for drug and alcohol use. They may not be feeling the joy of the season. They may be experiencing loneliness, heartbreak, and emotional pain. Loneliness can be one of the greatest seasonal problems we encounter. Loneliness typically includes uneasy feelings about a lack of connection or communication with other beings. As such, loneliness can be felt even when surrounded by others. The causes of loneliness are varied and can include social, mental, emotional, and physical factors. It can lead to depression and in extreme cases, suicide.

Research has shown that loneliness is prevalent throughout society, and includes people in marriages, relationships, families, veterans and those with successful careers. It does not discriminate between old and young, rich and poor, man or woman. This time of year makes it more pronounced. Always remember that a smile or a kind word costs you nothing, but can mean the world to the person who receives your gift.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”


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