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Many years ago, I had a good friend who had just gone through a very difficult loss and was overwhelmed with sadness. All I could do for the first few weeks was sit with her while she cried. Over time, she revealed the depth of her guilt and sadness and I realized that it was going to take her a long time to heal.
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As you might imagine, this response stuck with me and, over the years, I have applied it to many aspects of my life. You see, loneliness is just not a feeling. It is a way of life. It is a tangled web of lifestyle choices, social triggers, bad luck, and limiting beliefs that keep us from having the social relationships that we deserve.
To make matters worse, loneliness is a taboo subject. So, to help break the stigma of find women friends and to get some practical advice, I turned to the women in the Sixty and Me community.
I asked them what they would say to a friend who was feeling lonely. Their answers were warm, authentic and direct. More importantly, most of their suggestions were simple and actionable.
I could imagine their friends actually following their advice. In my experience, baby boomers are a practical bunch. We just need to remember to reach out and help each other!
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Maria: Try to remember your favorite things. Look around. Loneliness is a state of mind that comes from forgetting what makes you happy. What advice would you give to a friend who is feeling a bit lonely? Would you try to find something to do together? Or, would you recommend that they get involved in a particular activity?
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Margaret Manning. Margaret Manning is the founder of Sixty and Me. She is an entrepreneur, author and speaker. Margaret is passionate about building dynamic and engaged communities that improve lives and change perceptions.
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