Loneliness


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     Loneliness is a word that conjures up many notions, most of which are sad or negative in nature. We may think of individuals who are without friends or family, sitting by themselves, almost invisible to those around them. When we think of someone as being lonely, we think of them as being socially awkward or uneasy. The reality may indeed fit the profile, but more often than not, it is not the case.
     Everyone, at certain times in life, may feel lonely. We’ve heard many say that, “Someone could be in a room filled with people, but still feel lonely.”  Loneliness comes from a place deep within ourselves, a place where we feel a disconnect from others. At the root of loneliness, lies a desire to be a part of something we feel is elusive; a craving for meaningful connections with other human beings. Loneliness can also stem from feelings of inadequacy and a sense that we do not “belong”. One must feel secure within oneself, in order to create and maintain significant bonds with others.
     Human beings are very complex individuals. The feelings we have and the experiences we go through help to shape the relationships we build with others and ourselves. Life can be challenging, for some more than others. The way in which we deal with these challenges directly affects our emotional reservoirs. We may feel so deeply that we deplete the resources we have in order to cope. Part of coping involves reaching out to others (friends, family, co-workers, etc.), in an effort to help sustain us through trying times. If we do not safeguard this reserve of emotions, we may fall short of asking for what we need: support, encouragement, reminders that, “This too shall pass.”
     It is so important to know that loneliness, like all other feelings, can be transient. It does not have to be permanent in our lives. Becoming aware of the reasons we feel lonely, and actively seeking means in which to address these issues, can have us feeling less isolated, almost instantly.  We need to reflect on our habits (the way in which we tend to process events in our lives) and then work to incorporate greater discussion with and participation from significant others, in our personal circle. By encouraging the process of inclusion, rather than remaining isolated with our feelings, we naturally bring about a sense of belonging. We are reminded that others are going through or have gone through, very similar situations, and have felt the same kind of pain and turmoil we may be feeling.
      The next time you find yourself feeling lonely, remember that you are not alone in this experience.  You can take greater control in overcoming obstacles to gain happiness, and the path to personal fulfillment.

 

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Dive into your summer reading list

(Family Features) Laying out on the beach and floating in the pool are true hallmarks of summer. A good book, however, can elevate these relaxing experiences to a new level.

Whether you find yourself looking for a beach read, a book for the pool or something to help you escape while lounging on the couch with the windows open, these sizzling summer reads offer something for nearly every type of reader. From suspense to romance and adventure, you don’t want to miss these books this summer.

Some Secrets Aren’t Meant to Be Shared

From author Meg Mitchell Moore comes a warm, witty and suspenseful novel filled with small-town secrets, summer romance, big time lies and spiked seltzer. In “Two Truths and A Lie” the leader of an idyllic beach town “mom squad” has made surprising effort to include a new resident and her daughter in typically closed-group activities, though they’re not the only ones she’s been spending more time with. A blend of propulsive thriller and gorgeous summer read, Moore’s latest novel is a reminder that happiness isn’t always a day at the beach, some secrets aren’t meant to be shared and the most precious things are loved ones.

Romantic Adventure Proves Anything Can Happen

No. 1 “New York Times” bestseller Susan Elizabeth Phillips returns to her Chicago Stars series with a romance between a quarterback and one of the world’s greatest opera singers – and a major diva – in “When Stars Collide.” It’s Mozart meets Monday night football as the temperamental soprano and stubborn jock embark on a nationwide tour promoting a luxury watch brand, they engage in soul-searching, trash talk and backstage drama. Threatening letters, haunting photographs and a series of dangerous encounters also complicate their lives and make them wonder if it’s the work of an overzealous fan or something more sinister.

Transatlantic Love Story Raises the Royal Stakes

“New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author Alyssa Cole’s second Runaway Royals novel, “How to Find a Princess,” is an Anastasia-inspired romance featuring a long-lost princess who finds love with the female investigator tasked with tracking her down. When a threat to her grandmother’s livelihood pushes the princess to return to Ibarania, the investigator takes her on a transatlantic adventure. When they finally make it, they realize there’s more at stake than just cash and crown, and the princess must learn what it means to fight for what she desires rather than what she feels bound to by duty.

Find more titles to add to your summer reading list at Facebook.com/WilliamMorrowBooks .

 

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SOURCE:
Harper Collins

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