Learning to focus on the present instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future can stop people from feeling alone and unloved, a study says.
A spokesman for the researchers said the finding may be of particular importance to the elderly.
He added: ‘Spouses pass and children scatter.
‘But being lonely is much more than a silent house and a lack of companionship.
‘Over time, loneliness not only takes a toll on the psyche but can have a serious physical impact as well.
‘Feeling lonely has been linked to an increased risk of heartÂ disease, Alzheimerâ€™s disease, depression and even premature death.