Finally, science has discovered the answer to the very main question that what makes someone happy? The principal way that results in people breaking the cycle of loneliness away and then begin to form strong relationships is to volunteer.
Yes, it’s that easy. According to the latest study by Kasey Killiam of surveying 10,000 people residing in the United Kingdom, two-thirds of them reported having said that volunteering helps them fight isolation and feel less lonely.
Not on an individual level, a United States’ study which involved 6 thousand widows found that those amongst them who started volunteering even for just 2 hours or more every week found that their average level of feeling loneliness decreased to a level where it matched that of married adults.
Moreover, volunteering was particularly more useful for older people who have higher chances of getting lonely in the first place. We shouldn’t be surprised to know that it turns out volunteering is ascendable: the more you volunteer often, the more likely you are to develop relationships.
Volunteering is a perfect yet simple opportunity to meet and interact with new people which is somehow a prerequisite to forming healthy relationships. You also get to meet people under unselfish circumstances, whereby the definition you are there for someone or something apart from your own benefit.
Volunteering also fights against the ‘loss of meaning’ which is often accompanied by the loneliness, as described by Killam: “By volunteering for the social causes which are dear to us, we can achieve the sense of purpose which then results in our protection against the negative outcomes of health.”
Finally, those who volunteer and thus battle against loneliness and form relationships have lesser chances to develop cognitive decline.