The Cure For Loneliness

It's possible to become who you want to be. The first step is deciding who you want to be, and then forming the connections that can get you there.

All human beings have a genetic need to be socially connected, and we benefit from all types of social connections, from informal to formal. Social connections can fall on a wide spectrum, from a simple smile with a stranger at a grocery store to a hug from a relative or close friend. But all social connections, from slight to intimate, help us feel connected to others and are good for mental health. If you want to bake a cake, you require specific ingredients. If you want to bake happiness into your life, you need strong and healthy social connections.

Dr. Bill Howatt, offers a step-by-step workbook to help readers move away from isolation and loneliness, and build authentic connections. Dr. Howatt offers opportunities for reflective check-ins, insight on the benefits of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques, and recommendations for practice, as well as a road map for discovering and building authentic connections.

He shows you how to unlock your mental trap – negative thoughts, like insomnia, anxiety, and depression, that limit your ability to close social connections gaps.

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What people are saying about 'The Cure For Loneliness'

Dr. Bill Howatt is brilliant at explaining how our brain works and how we as human beings can unlock the mental traps that contribute to feelings of isolation and loneliness. This book is a must-read and a fantastic toolkit for anyone who wants to learn practical steps on how to deal with mental health barriers in order to increase our social connections and happiness.

Mario BarilOmbudsman for Mental Health and Employee Well-Being at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

A must-read for anyone who senses their foundation of close friends and family is shifting under their feet. In my advocacy work on mental health at the political level, I knew change was taking place in our society and that our homes and workplaces were becoming lonelier places. Dr. Bill Howatt’s book confirms this, but more importantly provides a pathway out of loneliness.

Kevin FlynnOntario Minister of Labour, Chair of Ontario’s Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions

Dr. Bill Howatt offers useful, interesting exercises to assess your level of isolation and loneliness, as well as practical, impactful tips to get out of your mental trap. Not only does this book encourage every one of us to improve our resiliency, it also inspires leaders to support their people and build a psychologically safe workplace.

Renée Légaré, M.Sc., ICD.D, Ph.DExecutive VP & Chief Human Resources Officer, The Ottawa Hospital

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