Feeling Lonely? Take A Bath! - Page 2
But what about loneliness? According to another study, bathing just might do the trick for that malaise, too.
Researchers at Yale University followed the daily habits of 400 individuals ages 18 - 65, and believe they've learned that a long, hot bath might suffice when one cannot enjoy the warmth of social acceptance. Researches found that the lonelier those studied felt, the longer and hotter the bath needed to be to help overcome the feelings of isolation.
Does our need to feel a warmth from others derive from the time spent in the womb, nestled in and enjoying that steady heartbeat above our heads? Nobody knows for sure, but consider the temperate language we use when discussing social interchanges with others. We use phrases such as "cold shoulder," "icy stare," and "warm smile," as pointed out in the study, without really considering the link between our daily social intimacies and our inner emotional climates.
July 11th is Cheer Up The Lonely Day, a day set aside to help out those people in our lives that have let us know, either through word or action, that they are feeling alone in the world. Given the ability these days to spread this isolated feeling to so many others through social network sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+, perhaps it would be in all of our interests for you, as soon as you see Loneliness rear its ugly head, to recommend that person take a nice, hot bath.
Seriously, does Ernie look lonely?