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“There is absolutely nothing wrong with spending a holiday or any other day alone—we can all find joy and peace in a day to ourselves.”

America was wrestling with a loneliness epidemic even before the pandemic hit. But as Caren Lissner wrote in GEN last year, the factors feeding into a person’s loneliness can be complex and difficult to overcome. We as a society need to rewire our mindset around what it means to be alone and how to feel connected with other humans, not just around the holidays but year-round.




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Amanda Sakuma

Amanda Sakuma

Editor/writer. Words in GEN, The Atlantic, Glamour, The Intercept, MSNBC, NBC News, NYT, Vice, Vox, and more.

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