Practically every person in the world has felt lonely at some point in life. For some, loneliness is a more chronic condition. We can feel lonely because we don’t have enough companionship in our lives, or sometimes even if we’re surrounded by people. Loneliness is a topic that often provokes shame or self-blame, and so it is discussed less often than it should be. Loneliness has real physical and psychological consequences if left unattended, but if we pay attention to our loneliness and the messages it might be telling us, we can address it and make our lives better.