Loneliness can breed disease

Lacking strong ties to friends and family can pose a serious risk to health

By Hugh Westrup, 18:18 PM April 18, 2014

Feeling homesick, alone in a crowd or rejected after being chosen last for a team? Everyone now and then experiences a pang of loneliness. It’s painful, but not because we’re wimps. Loneliness can actually cause very real harm, research is showing.

Like elephants, honeybees and flamingos, we are social animals, explains John Cacioppo. A psychologist at the University of Chicago, he studies human behavior. People survive and flourish only in groups, his team and others have found. Loneliness, C...

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