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If you want to end your isolation, you must be honest about what you want at a core level and decide to go after it.
 

If you're living completely on your own, break out of solitary confinement. Seek to understand others, and help them understand you.
 

If you're religious, it gives you a perspective.
[Religion]
 

In one century, we've added 28 years to our average life span - a change so rapid that our brains couldn't possibly have evolved to accommodate it.
 

Loneliness is proof that your innate search for connection is intact.
 

Most of my clients don't realize that the way they look and the way they think about their looks are two separate issues.
 

My own nature hovers between neurotic and paranoid. I've developed the habit of mentally listing things that make me optimistic about the future. I do it every day.
 

No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.
 

No one else can take risks for us, or face our losses on our behalf, or give us self-esteem. No one can spare us from life's slings and arrows, and when death comes, we meet it alone.
 

Only since the Industrial Revolution have most people worked in places away from their homes or been left to raise small children without the help of multiple adults, making for an unsupported life.
 

People are so afraid of authority figures and doctors are authority figures.
 

Polite strangers often tell soothing lies about our physical appearance that prevent many of us from facing, discussing and solving our real problems.
 

Seek art from every time and place, in any form, to connect with those who really move you.
 

Standards of beauty are arbitrary. Body shame exists only to the extent that our physiques don't match our own beliefs about how we should look.
 

The average adult laughs 15 times a day; the average child, more than 400 times.
 

The position that I take partly as a result of living in Asia is where you stop living according to your expectations and you become available to experience things as they are.
 

Use anything you can think of to understand and be understood, and you'll discover the creativity that connects you with others.
 

We virtually never feel our age, but thinking that we should can lead to disaster.
 

What laughter is to childhood, sex is to adolescence.
 

When you meet people, show real appreciation, then genuine curiosity.
 


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