Let's Resolve to Combat Social Isolation in 2015

December 30, 2014 11:12 PM

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New Year's resolutions usually revolve around goals for self-improvement, from eating more greens to hitting the gym to learning a new language or skill. But, as counterintuitive as it might seem, taking care of ourselves begins by reaching out to those around us -- by building the bridges of belonging that link us to one another.

After all, as Maya Angelou once wrote, "Nobody, but nobody / Can make it out here alone." Human beings are social creatures. We rely on others to help us thrive and grow. And when those human connections are absent or lost, our suffering is profound. Social isolation is not only an affliction of the...

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