How Loneliness Changes Across Your Lifetime

Loneliness can strike at any age, although the cause might be different.

by KIRA M. NEWMAN | Greater Good Science Center

Ask someone to recount a time they felt lonely, and they’ll undoubtedly have a story to share. You might hear about the college freshman away from home for the first time. Or the new mother feeding her baby in the dark stillness of 4 a.m.

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This article originally appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.

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Loneliness can strike at any age, although the cause might be different. by KIRA M. NEWMAN | Greater Good Science Center Ask someone to recount a time they felt lonely, and they’ll... read more
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Loneliness can strike at any age, although the cause might be different. by KIRA M. NEWMAN | Greater Good Science Center Ask someone to recount a time they felt lonely, and they’ll... read more
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