“Solitude is pleasant. Loneliness is not. “ Anna Neagle

Updated: Jul 11

Today is a unique day but an important one. Every year, on July 11th, people across the US make a special effort to give someone a lift on "National Cheer up The Lonely Day. " We all get lonely from time to time, but the comfort given in those times can ease the sadness.



Facts about Loneliness

Loneliness affects any age group and people from all walks of life. It can be harmful to the mental, physical, and social health of those suffering from it.

Loneliness is a contagious feeling. Even if a single person in a group starts feeling lonely, it can easily spread to others in the group.

According to research, nearly 60% of married people in the country of America feel lonely.


Loneliness is not very uncommon. Studies indicate that more than 40% of people across the world suffer from loneliness at least at some point of time in their lives.


Loneliness need not refer to you being alone, by yourself. People feel lonely even in the crowd and it could be an all-consuming feeling affecting the daily quality of life.



Francis Peseak of Detroit , Michigan created this day. The idea was to promote kindness toward people who were lonely or forgotten.


Reasons to Observe "National Cheer up The Lonely Day"

This is a day to remind us of the need for community, staying together and to reach out to others. Today doesn’t need any grand celebrations. We can spread happiness simply by being around friends and family, celebrating togetherness, friendship, and doing a good deed for someone.


Ways to Observe "National Cheer up The Lonely Day"


  • Deliver a few spare magazines to an ailing friend

  • Watch an uplifting movie with a friend/family and share some freshly popped popcorn

  • Set up a playlist with inspirational music

  • Email funny jokes every day to remind your loved one who is feeling sad to laugh

  • Mail your loved one an encouraging letter

  • Play a board game with family/friends to help cheer them up




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