January Resilience Practice

 

Hi everyone!

Happy New Year! To start off 2019's Resilience Practices, I wanted to share an eye-opening CNN article of a study done to assess loneliness.

Rising rates of loneliness may not be news, but the three periods when it peaks may come as a surprise: More people reported feeling moderate to severe loneliness during their late 20s, their mid-50s and their late 80s than in other life periods, according to research published Tuesday in the journal International Psychogeriatrics.

The general sense of isolation was also more prevalent than the researchers expected. A full three-quarters of all study participants reported moderate to high levels of loneliness, said Dr. Dilip Jeste, senior author of the study and a professor of psychiatry and neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego.
"One thing to remember is that loneliness is subjective. Loneliness does not mean being alone; loneliness does not mean not having friends," said Jeste, who is also director of UC San Diego's Center for Healthy Aging. "Loneliness is defined as 'subjective distress.' " It is the discrepancy between the social relationships you want and the social relationships you have, he said.
Within the dark clouds, Jeste also found a silver lining: An inverse relationship exists between loneliness and wisdom. "In other words, people who have high levels of wisdom didn't feel lonely, and vice versa," he said.
Please read the rest of the article here. The article highlights wisdom as the protective factor against loneliness.
The 6 components of wisdom: 
- general knowledge of life
- emotion management
- empathy, compassion, altruism and a sense of fairness
- insight
- acceptance of divergent values
- decisiveness -- the ability to make quick, effective decisions when necessary
Over the next 6 Resilience Practices, I will elaborate on each of the components.

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I shared this post from Morgan with our Resilient Yolo community because i feel like a great counter to loneliness is the "Be the One" campaign.  Both by thinking about folks who might be lonely and reaching out to them AND if you are feeling lonely to consider volunteering or otherwise get involved to help someone - volunteer to cook at a homeless shelter, become a CASA, help out at a neighborhood school.

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