Day 12 - Resolution: Commit to 2018 as the Year of Connectedness

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Welcome to 2018 - what we here at The Cost of Loneliness Project are calling the Year of Connectedness! We are ready for a 2018 full of meaningful moments and deep connections, and are so excited to have you join us in this journey!

If you've been with us for the past 12 days, perhaps you have tried a few of our ideas to build and deepen your connections with friends and loved ones. Maybe you reached out to a neighbor, or updated a family recipe with your children. Perhaps you spent an afternoon hiking in your backyard, or made plans for a new December tradition. Or maybe you didn't have time for any of these things (we get THAT too!) - but are excited for the possibilities for connectedness in 2018. No matter where you were - we are here now - and so thrilled to have you as part of our family here at The Cost of Loneliness Project!

We have big plans for 2018. From road trips to explore the realities of loneliness in America today, to symposia to bring people together to think about possible solutions, we are excited for big adventures and even bigger learning. Most importantly, we are excited to share it all with YOU - and hopefully, to help make 2018 a year of connections and possibilities and much less loneliness. So please join us here (and also in person!) throughout the year - sharing with us your ideas and experiences as we share with you stories, celebrations, and ideas to make 2018 your most connected year yet!

So today's idea is an easy one. As many of us are making our own New Year resolutions, we challenge you to commit to connectedness. To resolve to make relationships a priority - to reach out when you are sad, to say hello to people you cross paths with, and to prioritize meaningful moments with the people in your life. Loneliness is real - and can have profound physical and mental impacts on our lives. Let one of your resolutions this year help alleviate some of this loneliness by focusing on actively building connectedness. Fear not -- you are not alone - we are here to help you all the way!

Click below for your own Resolution Commitment - sign on the line, and then post this in a conspicuous place so you can be reminded daily of your desire to help alleviate loneliness by connecting with others. We will be doing the same over here - together, we can all work to make 2018 the Year of Connectedness for everyone! Happy New Year all!