A highlight from #69: Belonging

Mindset for Life
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NPR

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I mean really. Alone i have. I moved to a new town when i was a young adult for my first job out of college. I didn't know anyone. I was from a different state. I didn't have any neighbors i had met. I literally was completely on except for the telephone. I could pick up the phone and call my family two states away. It was incredibly lonely. Those first few weeks until i started my new job and made some friends in the workplace. Many people only know people at work. They don't go to their church group. They don't have neighborhood acquaintances. There are a lot of people in our world today who only know people at work and in a period of pandemic times with social isolation and people working from home so that can be incredibly lonely. But what about in non pandemic times. We can still be lonely in a crowd of people. Loneliness is a real problem in our world and it can have devastating health consequences first of all. There are some statistics of how loneliness. I'm always interested in those. So i want to share those with you in a current survey posted on npr in the beginning of twenty twenty. The survey noted that three out of five americans are lonely. Apparently sixty one percent of all americans are lonely course that was taken from a sample of ten thousand people and generalized to the entire population. The way we do studies we try to generalize those things and and it may or may not be accurate but we know that that study was conducted. The pandemic came along and loneliness really picked up. So if you're not feeling the effects of loneliness chances are that you have done things to overcome this and create connection if you are feeling lonely. You're not alone. Many of us are lonely. There's a lot that happens when we are lonely. Because belonging is a basic human need. I'm not sure if you've ever heard of this. But there is a hierarchy of human needs and belonging

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