Does the holiday season make you feel lonely? Maybe you have an expectation of the “most wonderful time of the year” but it’s not really feeling like it. A recent paper investigated why people feel lonely, particularly in later life. The study found that people can “still feel lonely, even if they don’t spend much time alone.” Additionally, “older adults want to feel respected. They want people to listen to them, to take an interest in their experiences and learn from their mistakes. To appreciate what they’ve been through and the obstacles they have overcome. They also want to contribute.” When these things aren’t met, older individuals can feel lonely.