The Cure for Loneliness
How to Feel Connected and Escape Isolation
Globe & Mail Bestseller!
You can build authentic social connections--even while physically apart.
We are wired for social connection; our mental health depends on it. From a simple smile from a stranger on the street to a hug from a relative or close friend, we humans thrive when we feel connected to one another. And yet, loneliness is on the rise.
The good news is, you don't have to continue suffering in silence. In this powerful guide and workbook, renowned mental health expert and addictions counselor Dr Bill Howatt drills into the root causes of isolation and loneliness--including the double-edged sword of digital technology--and shows you how to conquer them to achieve a more fulfilling, enriching life.
Through a compelling mix of real-life case studies, self-reflection exercises, and cognitive behavioral techniques, you'll learn how to recognize your own self-limiting thoughts and behaviors, unlock your mental traps, and close the social connection gaps in all areas of your life--from the personal to the professional. Employers will also find tips for boosting psychological safety in the workplace and among their virtual teams.
No single pill or exercise offers an escape from isolation; the cure for loneliness lies in a combination of realizing where you're stuck, and closing social connections gaps in meaningful ways. But if you commit to doing the work, you can become who you want to be. You can have more meaningful social connections. Ultimately, you'll see that why you feel isolated and lonely may not be as important as what you learn to do with it.
About this Author
Known as one of Canada's top experts in mental health issues in the workplace, Dr. Bill Howatt is the president of Howatt HR. Bill's life has not been an easy path. He understands the daily struggle of being a human being. Bill has had some major setbacks that have challenged his resiliency, such as being adopted, failing grade two, and living with a mental illness. If it were not for his positive experience at Acadia University, he may not be where he is today. He has 30-plus years' experience in mental health and addictions counselling, HR, and leadership. He is a regular columnist for the Globe and Mail and the Chronicle Herald, an instructor for the University of New Brunswick, and the author of over 400 articles and 40 books.
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