All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.’ A cliché? Yes, but there may just be a dot of truth to it. Everyone knows that play is good for kids. It promotes physical and mental development and provides an opportunity for healthy social interaction. But as kids get older, time for free play gets less, until adulthood, when it just about disappears altogether.
Loneliness is about the gap between the amount of social connection you have, and the amount of it you need. Since persistent loneliness has a negative effect on both physical and mental health, finding ways to improve meaningful connection with others can go a long way to enrich your whole being.