No friends or family around? 14 ideas to buoy your spirits and get you over the holiday hump
When we reach midlife, the thought of making new friends can be daunting. One reason why: Unlike women who are going to school, working or parenting, there isn’t a steady pool of people to choose from who are at the same stage of life, doing the same thing at the same time, with many of the same interests.
Recently, a reader named Peggy sent The Friendship Doctor an email that explains how she combats feelings of loneliness through some of her interests. She challenges other readers to identify the positive ways they keep busy, get out, and connect with friends. You can read her letter (lightly edited) below. What are some ways you keep loneliness at [...]
This week, on the NBC Universal website, Life Goes Strong, I wrote a post about the increasing sense of loneliness and alienation that many women begin to feel at midlife. I think the single most important thing you can do to best reverse these feelings is this: Make it your business to get out of [...]
When you move, you take some emotional baggage with you… QUESTION Dear Irene, I recently moved to San Francisco after graduating college. I have a tough job, but thought that the city would provide for a worthy night life. It has been four months and I haven’t made friends with anyone I would like [...]
NEED YOUR HELP! Divorce can destabilize many friendships and create a wedge between friends. Unfortunately, some friends don’t want to choose sides; others may be threatened by your suddenly single status; and still others may feel that your life is too different than theirs. This comes at a time when a divorced woman needs [...]
When you saw this headline, I bet your reaction was something akin to, "National Friendship Day? Who knew? But I kid you not: Friendship Day falls midway between Poultry Day (which is in May) and Bologna Day (which is in October). Today, August 7th is Friendship Day. If you want to scoff at the [...]
At certain times, the loss of a spouse is palpable QUESTION Hi Irene, I am a 60-year-old widow; my husband passed away in 2006. After that I lived with my daughter and her family until she decided that it was time for me to make my own life again. So I returned to Scotland [...]