Suggestions for Dealing with Loneliness

2. Take a genuine interest in others

Instead of making small talk, and concerning yourself with keeping a conversation going, try adopting a true curiosity about the workings of another human being. True connection with another has nothing to do with being a smooth talker, and without it we are destined to feel forever alone. Pay attention to what others are saying, and take a genuine interest in their experiences.

3. Step out of your comfort zone

Any real change involves stepping out of your comfort zone. Forming important, long lasting connections with others is no different – you’re going to have to allow yourself to be vulnerable. For example, instead of just talking about the day’s forecast, let it be known that rainy weather makes you feel melancholy or that the autumn temperatures stir up wonderful memories of your university days. Sharing more of your experiences and feelings will encourage others to do the same, and this is how bonds are formed.