It’s not just a cliché. It’s a proven scientific fact. If you’re a lonely person, you’re at an increased risk of dying. There’s a 32% increased risk of dying when living alone or socially isolated. Both loneliness and social isolation are shown to be extraordinarily damaging to your emotional and physical health. Most of the participants in this study were 50-years and older. People with positive attitudes and a brighter outlook are ahead of the game. Nearly one-third of people are at an increased risk of dying due to social isolation and being alone. Shouldn’t loneliness be a public health concern, like obesity, that we can address with human connection? Tweet me @AlliesVoice.