Even when we're surrounded by loved ones, the holidays can trigger feelings of disconnection, isolation and loneliness. For those who have experienced a recent loss -- such as death, divorce or an empty nest -- loneliness is greater. Same goes for people who don't have family, whose family is far away, or who are estranged from their relatives.
Feelings of solitude can actually affect your white blood cell count.
Loneliness is something we all experience at certain times. It's not simply a function of being single or alone. You can feel lonely in a crowd, at a party, in the office, even in bed with somebody. Here are good things to remind yourself if, and when, you feel lonely.