Approximately 42.6 million adults over age 45 in the United States are estimated to be suffering from chronic loneliness, according to AARP’s Loneliness Study. In addition, the most recent U.S. census data shows more than a quarter of the population lives alone, more than half of the population is unmarried and, since the previous census, marriage rates and the number of children per household have declined. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story with a protagonist whose loneliness drives him/her to make a mistake.

Journaling Prompt: Who do you know who might be lonely? Write about why you think they are lonely, then give them a call!

Art Prompt: Loneliness

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the health effects of chronic loneliness.

Photo Credit: Geraint Rowland on Flickr

2 Responses to Prompt #3081 Loneliness

  1. GREAT prompt for an important topic. I wrote a 3-part Series about Loneliness last year, then added a fourth entitled “The Unique Loneliness of the Military Family.” I discovered in my research that science considers loneliness an epidemic! Not simply among the elderly, by the way.

    I will add a link back here to all four of them – so watch for pings, if you have them enabled. There’s so much more to know, do, and write about on this topic.

    Below is a link to #1:
    https://addandsomuchmore.com/2016/04/29/the-importance-of-community-to-health/

    I put the direct link to the one about the military in the “website” portion of your comment form, so I’m thinking that clicking on my name will take you there.

    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

    • Liz says:

      Wow, Madelyn, great articles! Thanks so much for sharing them with me. I work with formerly homeless veterans, helping them stay stable in housing and so much more. They are a widely varied bunch, and all wonderful souls. It’s an honor to work with them.

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