Bad news, guys. New research (that was recently conducted by a top national health insurer) shows that Americans are, by far, some of the loneliest people on the planet.
Far more than half of the 20,000 people surveyed reported feeling lonely much of the time. They say that the people who are around them don’t necessarily feel like they are “with them”—and that most of the time, they “lack companionship” and don’t feel connected to others.
And while this is certainly sad to hear, the health effects of chronic loneliness are well-documented. Loneliness has been shown to weaken immune systems, exacerbate heart disease, and even slow down the chances people might have for recovering from cancer. This is obviously why a major health conglomerate invested so much time, money, and effort into a study such as this.
The good news is that there are many Buddhist rituals and exercises that can be employed to not only help quell the effects of typical Western world loneliness, but actually eradicate them altogether. These are not some fanciful, “woo-woo” quantum practices, either. The correlation between true empirical and scientific evidence and Buddhist tradition is well-documented by some of our nation’s finest health practitioners.