meditation can help reduce loneliness

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Meditating for just half an hour a day can help the elderly feel less lonely, research suggests.

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 heart  disease, Alzheimer’s disease, depression and even premature death.

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