People feel lonely for a number of reasons, such as not having enough friends, not knowing how to be close to the people they know, or not being accepted by those they try to be friends with.
Everyone experiences loneliness. Some humans are more socially accepted. Some who try to be social remain socially rejected, and some have difficulty even trying.
- Connect with anyone who you assess to be genuine, and who is around you. Following your instincts about people can be important here. Just because someone is around/near you, doesn't mean they are good (vs. bad)company. Sometimes being alone is better than being in bad company.
- Set up social activities when you're not feeling lonely. Anticipate.
- Read literature and go to museums/theater/dance. Art reaches inside.
- For those with religious beliefs, consider fellowship with those of your faith. Most churches should have some sort of regular fellowship, if your church doesn’t then consider starting one.
- Remember that reaching out to someone else lonelier than you could give you more happiness than you could imagine.
- Learn to meditate so that you have the experience of being loved and nurtured emotionally by other sources than human beings.
- Consider getting a pet! Animals can make marvelous companions; they give unconditional love, and can offer you loyal company. Walking a dog can also be a great way of meeting other people!
- Try not to get stuck into a rut with routines; routines allow you to go on auto-pilot, allowing you to day-dream about "what could be." Even worse, you're less likely to act on those day-dreams, because you'll be comfortable with your routines. Shake things up!
- Engage yourself in some activity that would keep your mind occupied.
- Remember that loneliness happens to everyone and that there is someone to talk to. Surround yourself with positive people.
- Create a positive mood and atmosphere. Realize that loneliness can be a right time to try out something new, relax or nurture your creativity.After all some of the great personalities spent a lot of time alone.
- "Fake it until you make it". Just do it & deal with the issues that come up. In your exploration you will find the solutions.
- Learn to be happy with yourself. When you like/love who you are it shows. People like to be around upbeat confident people.
- Loneliness is a state where cults, gangs, and other groups which will negatively influence you will find you most vulnerable. Be careful and listen to what others have to say about any group you are thinking of joining.
- If you have a persistent feeling of loneliness, please seek medical help. It might be a sign of depression.
- Watch out! Becoming overly dependent on online communities as a social outlet may lead to addiction and more complications.
- Avoid trolls during all online conversations.
- When talking about yourself, avoid getting too personal. This might put people off, and invite mistreatment.
- Realize that one can be "lonely in a crowd". You may have friends, family, and acquaintances, but still feel lonely. For some people, it is difficult to connect with those around them. In this case, outside counseling may help.
- Don't allow yourself to wallow in self-pity. Find someone who needs your help: tutoring, babysitting, house painting, car washing, gardening, cleaning. After several hours of this, you will feel much better.