We’re in an epidemic of loneliness: 60% of US adults report as regularly feeling “lonely”. And 1 in 2 Americans state they have no close friends.
Feeling isolated and alone adversely affects our mental health. 1 out 6 Americans are on some kind of psychiatric drug. And Covid led to more extreme distress: 1 in 4 Millenials/GenZ had suicidal thoughts during the pandemic.
Loneliness doesn’t just impact our mental health – it impairs our physical health as well. Lonely people are 50% more likely to die prematurely than those with healthy social connections.
How can we be so lonely when with a simple click we can access the world? Technology may “connect” us, but data shows it can also contribute to feeling alone and isolated.
Connections on social media can be more a mirage than a source of meaningful exchange, and too many of us are fixated on how many likes we’re getting or who’s following whom. Bullying online adds another layer of pain and anxiety.
We at Lightbeam want to offer people a bright, beaming light of inspiration and positivity in their feeds. Our stories are designed to make us feel connected and to celebrate the power of doing good. Each day, we champion ‘Lightbeamers’ – unsung heroes making the world a better place – and encourage our viewers to #BeaBeamer in their own lives.
Our goal is to spark a movement of kindness and compassion and build a community of people with shared values. We welcome you to our tribe of caring citizens of the world, connected by a shared passion for living a life of purpose!