Lonely people dread the holiday season more than any other time of year. Watching everyone around them connect to those they love makes their own feelings of emotional isolation even more profound. Indeed, the holidays can make loneliness feel especially excruciating.
Loneliness is not an objective or qualitative measure of friendship or companionship but a qualitative one; a subjective feeling of deep emotional or social disconnection (or both). For example, many people might be married yet feel extremely lonely. Others might find themselves amidst large family gatherings yet still feel distant, unengaged, misunderstood, or unseen.
Loneliness Damages Us Emotionally, Physically, and Socially