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Ohana Matters: Loneliness epidemic

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Cigna just released the findings from a study they conducted with 20,000 people on what is becoming known as the "loneliness epidemic." It showed that nearly half of Americans report feeling sometimes or always alone, and one in four say they don't feel like anyone really knows them. Also, Generation Z, 18-22 year olds, are being called the loneliest generation

If you look at the impact loneliness has on our health, you may be shocked. Loneliness actually shortens your life span the equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day and has a bigger impact on health than obesity.

Interestingly enough, the study had some bright spots. Not surprisingly, you need to have more meaningful in-person interactions--more connection. Also, strike a balance between exercise, sleep, work, family time, me time, and socializing with friends. And, here's something interesting--work more? Now, balance of course, but those who worked more than they want to had much lower loneliness scores than those who work less than they want. But, it is all about balance.

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