Everyone has experienced loneliness – by their own choice or due to circumstances. National Cheer up the Lonely Day is dedicated to these times. Since humans are social beings, they need contact with others. Too much loneliness negatively affects one’s quality of life. That’s why National Cheer up the Lonely Day is celebrated annually on July 11th. Its mission is to draw attention to lonely people, make their life easier, gather with close relatives and friends and have fun.
National Cheer up the Lonely Day was founded by Francis Pesek from Detroit, Michigan. He sincerely wanted to help those suffering from loneliness, so he came up with a day when everyone who lives a full life can help those who are lonely in nursing homes or who cannot go out on their own. Loneliness in the modern world is becoming global. Experts have calculated that today, almost 50% of the population suffers from loneliness and the number is increasing. That is why it is so important to talk about it, drawing attention to the problem.
- Loneliness is contagious. Scientists have come to the conclusion that people experiencing loneliness gradually disappear from social networks. It literally pushes a person out of society. Moreover, their friends also feel isolated from society.
- Loneliness affects the body negatively. Such people often have high blood pressure, rising cholesterol levels, and they become prone to stress. In addition, a lonely person is always depressed. Statistically, flu shots are less effective on people who feel lonely.
- Chronic loneliness increases mortality. Unfortunately, the statistics are real – among single people, premature death is recorded 15% more often.
How to take part
A noble and dignified way to celebrate National Cheer up the Lonely Day is to give someone the joy of human contact, sincere hugs, and a smile. Visit relatives or pleasant friends. Visit a nursing home and offer to help as a volunteer. Get the support of your followers and readers for National Cheer up the Lonely Day on social media.
When is National Cheer up the Lonely Day celebrated in 2023?
National Cheer up the Lonely Day is observed on July 11 each year.