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Smartphone mindfulness app may help curb loneliness
“Perhaps by practicing monitoring and acceptance daily, even though for a short period of time, we can feel more at peace and free, more centered, and less affected by the possible negative thoughts and feelings generated in our mind,” Zhang said. “So we are closer to who we really are - we are social beings and we inherently need to connect to others.”
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4 days ago by terry
Loneliness is bad for your health. An app may help.
Little changed for those in either the control group or the one taught attention-only mindfulness. But the subjects whose training included acceptance and equanimity were measurably more sociable. Their daily routines, after using the app for two weeks, typically included several more interactions with people that lasted at least a few minutes, and their questionnaires showed a decline in their feelings of loneliness.

Because loneliness, like mindfulness, is a subjective state, it’s difficult to make definitive conclusions about why and how a focus on acceptance prompted greater sociability. But David Creswell, an associate professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon who conducted the study with the lead author, Emily Lindsay, believes that “the equanimity piece is key.” The poise it teaches, he says, may help people become less self-judgmental, less self-conscious, more amenable to interacting with others.
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4 days ago by terry
1 in 3 young adults suffers from loneliness in U.S., finds study of more than 1,200 patients at primary care offices, with 20% saying they at least sometimes felt lonely or “left out”, but loneliness was most common among patients younger than 25
The title of the post is a copy and paste from the title, fifth and sixth paragraphs of the linked academic press release here:Study: 1 in 3 young adults suffers from loneliness in U.S. via Pocket
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10 days ago by dougleigh
We're all lonely together
We’re living in an age of unprecedented connectedness, but more and more people report being lonely on a regular basis. Like our affinity for sugary foods, the feeling of loneliness turns out to be another one of those things that served humans well when we lived in small hunter-gatherer groups tens of thousands of years ago but often works against us in our individualist modern world.
loneliness  mentalhealth 
10 days ago by terry
Happy City by Charles Montgomery – review | Books | The Guardian
And there is the impossibly heroic Peñalosa, who radically reversed policies that favoured motor traffic, to promote cycling and buses and to invest in public buildings and spaces in the poorest parts of the city. Those dumb-ass gringos, goes the argument, spend all their money making themselves miserable, when they could be happy, vibrant street people instead.

This thesis is not new; it has been made by Jane Jacobs, Richard Sennett, Richard Rogers and others for more than half a century. There is also a lineage of kicking back, of saying that people like suburbs, that includes Herbert Gans's The Levittowners of 1967, and Robert Bruegmann's 2005 book, Sprawl. Montgomery acknowledges these counter-arguments, though not perhaps as fully as he should. To describe sprawl, he unfairly chooses the very worst example he can find, Stockton, a place 60 miles from San Francisco, whose residents commonly spend four hours a day commuting and that, following the 2007 housing crash, has had the worst foreclosure rate of anywhere in the US outside Detroit.
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27 days ago by copystar
Loneliness
Everybody feels lonely sometimes. But only few of us are aware how important this feeling was for our ancestors - and that our modern world can turn it into ...
video  toblog  loneliness  connectrovert 
28 days ago by pfostpfilms

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