Loneliness is a signal that you need human connection, says Dr. Jeremy Nobel, author of Project UnLonely. Offering a road map for using creative expression to communicate, it’s a project of his Foundation for Art & Healing and grows out of his early work with active-duty service members and veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress. Project UnLonely partners with community-based organizations to develop evidence-based creative expression programs. Here are a few tips. Knowing what's meaningful or fun for you may lead you to a creative outlet that connects you to people who share your interests. Make something. Take a risk by having conversations in which you share something about yourself. Find a group that matches your interests. Be kind. Be willing to share something about your own experiences of loneliness, and take that risk. "Other people's loneliness makes us lonely too," Nobel says.

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