By: Sean Scott
If you read the claim below, how would you react?
“Loneliness has the same effect on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.”
When I read that, my initial reaction was “that seems like a stretch, who said that?!”, only to learn that it was a former surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy.
How do we think about loneliness? While we know it is an issue for those close to us, and even may realize we struggle with it ourselves, what can we do? The article that follows highlights information about this epidemic we are facing in Western culture. It will speak to our relational nature as intended by God, how neuroscience supports such theology, and how the church can respond to loneliness.