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How Not to Feel Lonely: 50 Science-Backed Tips Everyone Should Read

Reader's Digest Logo By Gina Ryder of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 51: It has been reported that <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/21/science-loneliness_n_6864066.html">one in five Americans</a> suffers from persistent loneliness. Knowing this can bring us some solace; the feeling of loneliness is something many others near and far face in various forms. Loneliness can be a physical distance from family and friends or it can be perceived emotional distance. A perceived sense of isolation can involve feeling alone in certain areas of life. Maybe we think we're the only ones around us who worry about body image, suffer from embarrassment, or have financial woes. This is simply not true. Maybe success is a lonely experience for us. Maybe we're the only entrepreneurs in our community or perhaps we just got promoted when everyone around us seems to be struggling. We may have different reasons for being lonely, but at one point or another, we've all felt it. (Don't miss these <a href="http://www.rd.com/advice/relationships/stop-feeling-lonely/1">17 little things you can do to connect with others</a>.)

Remember: We all feel lonely sometimes

It has been reported that one in five Americans suffers from persistent loneliness. Knowing this can bring us some solace; the feeling of loneliness is something many others near and far face in various forms. Loneliness can be a physical distance from family and friends or it can be perceived emotional distance. A perceived sense of isolation can involve feeling alone in certain areas of life. Maybe we think we're the only ones around us who worry about body image, suffer from embarrassment, or have financial woes. This is simply not true. Maybe success is a lonely experience for us. Maybe we're the only entrepreneurs in our community or perhaps we just got promoted when everyone around us seems to be struggling. We may have different reasons for being lonely, but at one point or another, we've all felt it. (Don't miss these 17 little things you can do to connect with others.)
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