UK has started Minister of Loneliness, currently held by Tracey Crouch, after growing consensus that loneliness is a public health concern.
Most lonely people don’t lack social skills. They just find themselves in lonely situations. However, loneliness can create a behavioral trap whereby lonely people focus on “I want this person to like me” in social situations, making themselves uninteresting to others in the process.
Sammy Nahas, a 38-year-old electrician from Staten Island, has spent over $100,000 on Christmas decorations in the last three years. This year alone, he estimates spending around $60,000. The season isn’t all cheery and bright for Nahas. After finalizing a divorce three years ago, he said that Christmas Day actually became the most depressing day of the year for him. But once it’s over, he starts planning for next year.
Loneliness is processed in the same part of the brain as physical pain.