406: The Loneliness Epidemic | Todd Kashdan & Rebecca Faith Lawson

“In the scientific literature, I found confirmation of what I was hearing. In recent years, about one-in-two adults in America reported experiencing loneliness. And that was before the national lockdown cut off so many of us from friends, loved ones, and support systems, exacerbating loneliness and isolation

Loneliness is far more than just a bad feeling—it harms both individual and societal health. It is associated with a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, dementia, stroke, depression, anxiety, and premature death. The mortality impact of being socially disconnected is similar to that caused by smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day, and even greater than that associated with obesity and physical inactivity. And the harmful consequences of a society that lacks social connection can be felt in our schools, workplaces, and civic organizations, where performance, productivity, and engagement are diminished.” – Surgeon General in 2023

In episode 406, past guest Professor and psychologist Todd Kashdan joins me with my co-host on this discussion, Rebecca Faith Lawson, to cover the loneliness epidemic that was showcased this year by the Surgeon General, along with how it affects well-being, what can be done to not be isolated in the first place, and more.

You can check out my prior episode with Todd here, and some recent episodes with Rebecca here, here, and here.