How could we raise awareness of the perils of loneliness in our country? This would validate our human need for belonging and support. Can you imagine if we took a small amount of the $641 million spent on anti-smoking campaigns in the U.S. (2010) and instead publicize the dangers of emotional isolation? Emotional isolation has actually been found to be more dangerous to our health than smoking. We could put banners up to our cities asking people, "Who did you reach out to today?" or even telling them, "Take someone you know for a latte today. It's good for your health."
Sue Johnson, Love Sense