|5 Steps for Reconnecting in a World of Increasing Isolation|
|News Releases - Health, Medicine & Nutrition|
|Written by Ginny Grimsley|
|Monday, 21 October 2013 12:07|
Expert Shares Time-Tested Keys to Happiness
Emotional isolation is a growing problem, with more than one out of three adults aged 45 and older describing themselves as chronically lonely, up from one out of five a decade earlier.
The contributing factors are easy to identify: high unemployment; marriage rate at a historic low; increased reliance on technology over face-to-face communication.
“The main problem of tomorrow is that people are becoming inwardly focused and cut off from their neighbors,” says Christian E. Me?grelis, www.christian-megrelis.com, vice chair of the International Union of Economists, biblical scholar, and author of “Glossary of Hope,” a contemporary distillation of New Testament teachings and their applications today.
“The global crisis is not only economical but individual. Especially in the industrialized nations, we are pulling farther away from our human connections to our own detriment.”
Emotional isolation, which is on the rise according to a 2010 AARP study, has been found to cause or exacerbate a number of diseases, from Alzheimer’s to cancer, and is as high a risk factor for mortality as smoking.
“There’s quality of life to consider as well,” Me?grelis says. “Lonely people are not happy people, hence the increased stress that causes physical illness. But we can change, individually and collectively, if we heed the wisdom that has endured for 2,000 years.”
He offers five time-tested steps anyone can take to reconnect and restore happiness:
Achieve, or at least work toward, these five steps and the result will be hope, Me?grelis says.
“Hope is happiness – a state of mind that transcends ordinary happiness,” he says.
About Christian E. MegrelisChristian E. Megrelis holds master’s degrees in engineering, business and political studies. He is the founder of Exa International, a multinational engineering company, and vice chairman of the International Union of Economists. He is also the former vice chair of the United Bible Societies, a major world publisher of the Bible. He is the first publisher of the Bible in the French-speaking world.
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