Free Ways to Avoid Loneliness

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Posted on 07/10/2013

Feeling lonely is no fun. Thankfully there's a holiday designated to rid the world of loneliness. July 11 is Cheer Up the Lonely Day and it's an opportunity to make someone happy. Avoiding loneliness doesn't have to cost you anything and using one of these free resources may help you experience the priceless feeling of joy.


Join Happify
Cutting-edge research by psychologists and neuroscientists was used to create Happify.com. It's an invite-only website that recommends daily activities to help you feel more engaged, motivated and excited about your future. Spend a few minutes a day on games and activities designed to help you form life-changing habits.

Try Free Counseling
Those dealing with loneliness, depression, anxiety or stress can find comfort with online support groups at feelbetternetwork.com. There is a charge for chatting live with experts, but there are other free services available including support groups and a member community.

Look For a Date
You can end up paying a pretty penny for many online dating services, but there are free options as well. Try OKCupid.com, a completely free online dating site that uses a math-based matching system.

Get Social
If you have a computer and an internet connection you can easily interact with others through various social media sites. Some of the best free sites for socializing are, of course, Facebook and Twitter. You may also want to check out Meetup.com where neighbors get together to learn something, do something or share something.

Volunteer
Volunteering in your community is a great way to meet people and combat loneliness. Find opportunities to help in your areas of interest through websites like VolunteerMatch.org or serve.gov.

Make New Friends
Millions of people use Tagged to make new friends. It's a free social networking site where you can play games with other people, make friends and chat with those who share your interests, passions and hobbies.

By Alison Storm

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