Cost of Loneliness – Part 2
There’s an epidemic of loneliness and isolation.
A recent study reveals that the lonely or rejected tend to put a greater value on money. They often make risky financial decisions hoping for high rewards. They sacrifice important resources and spend money to secure social bonds, to fit in, or to be accepted. Those who place their identity in money feel pressure to be financially successful. They forfeit time with family and friends to reach their goals. Loneliness can also follow sudden wealth because people often don’t know who to trust. When the lonely withdraw, the problems worsen. One must step out of their comfort zones to conquer it. Try broadening activities or seek coaching in social skills. To have friends, you must be friendly. Mayo Clinic reports that friendships enrich your life and improve your health. Chuck Swindoll said, “I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.”
Start by limiting the use of social media. Recognize the lies of the enemy who hates godly friendships. Attend church, join a Sunday School class, and participate in a small group. Volunteer in your community. Help your neighbors. Extend and accept invitations. Even reconsider working remotely, or find a healthy balance. Make new friends, but keep the old, and remember, Jesus is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
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