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The Forwardly Five: January

#1. This quote.

“Loneliness is the feeling of being alone even when you're

surrounded by people.”

  - Amy Tan


#2. This stat.

Lacking social connection can increase the risk for premature death as much as up to 15 cigarettes a day.

Our Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation: The U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory on the Healing Effects of Social Connection and Community, 2023


#3. This Book.

US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy makes a case for loneliness as a public health concern: a root cause for many of the epidemics sweeping the world today from alcohol and drug addiction to violence to depression and anxiety. Loneliness, he argues, is affecting not only our health, but also how our kids experience school, how we perform in the workplace, and the sense of division in our society.


#4. This Idea.

Sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer appointed New York State’s first loneliness ambassador


#5. This New Program!

Forwardly specializes in holistic relationship support for employees, empowering managers and teams to enhance productivity, retention, and morale.


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