-Is loneliness always a negative?
--Contrast being lonely with being alone.
-What kinds of loneliness are there?
-How have you experienced loneliness?
--What does it feel like to be lonely?
--What have you done to avoid loneliness?
-How does age (1) or physical impairment affect loneliness?
-The National Health Service in the UK has begun treating loneliness as a public health issue. To what extent do you agree or disagree with that position?
--Actual and perceived social isolation can increase the risk of mortality by ~30% (2)(3).
-What are some possible opposite states of mind to loneliness?
--Some may be positive, some negative.
-Is there an unspoken stigma of loneliness?
--People tend to be reluctant to say they are lonely(1)(3).
-What kind of support services should/could be/are available for lonely people?
-Are humanists more prone to feeling lonely than individuals with supernatural or religious beliefs(4)?
(1) age-related UK helpline, with emphasis on loneliness
(2) abstract of research paper on social isolation
(3) Globe and Mail article
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(4) brief Sydney Morning Herald (AUS) article