Next Avenue: The holidays are lonely for many people: Here are some simple ways to connect with others

by | Dec 9, 2022 | Stock Market

This article is reprinted by permission from The holiday season of 2020 isn’t exactly what anyone would call a distant memory — it was a sad and traumatic year, where countless families spent the holidays apart, separating themselves from loved ones (especially those who were older) to keep them safe from COVID-19. And well into 2021, many mourned losses of beloved friends and family members, as the pandemic’s grip continued, even if it was to a somewhat lesser extent.

So here we are in 2022. What will this holiday season feel like, especially for those still reeling from those losses, or for people who are isolated by circumstance or choice? Dr. Jeremy Nobel is a 2020 Next Avenue Influencer in Aging, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the founder and president of The Foundation for Art & Healing, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting creative arts as a means to improve personal and public health. As Nobel contemplates the holiday season in general, and this year in particular, he believes the coming weeks could prove to be challenging, especially for those who are alone. “What I think is most stressful about the holidays is that they get a lot of attention in the media and in our culture. The typical story is that you’re together with family and friends; there is image after image that is celebrat …

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