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100 Things to Do If You are Lonely

Activities for people who feel lonely.

Loneliness is often associated with old age. Loneliness, however, is not
foreign to any age. It is simply a symptom of a person’s acceptance or
rejection of their state in life at a certain point. This list of 100 things to do
if you are lonely, is designed to help you overcome the feeling and
be able to move on with the business of living life to the fullest. If you find
this list helpful, pass it on.

  1. Pray: Prayer changes things. Remember to pray for those
    you love as well as those who need your prayers
  2. Read portions of the Holy Bible, especially the Psalms.
  3. Stay in contact with your family members or friends by visiting or phone.
  4. Make a tasty treat and take it to a neighbor.
  5. Send out birthday cards to those who have birthdays.
  6. Read a good book.
  7. Plan a short trip and invite a friend along.
  8. Attend church or Bible Study classes.
  9. Join a club of your choice that meets once a week.
  10. Join the YMCA or the YWCA. Join an exercise class.
  11. Paint a room or have it painted a bright cheery color.
  12. Open up the blinds and let the sunshine in daily.
  13. Buy yourself a new outfit or piece of clothing.
  14. Attend a concert with a friend or group of friends.
  15. Attend a sports activity locally.
  16. Volunteer to help at a school.
  17. Volunteer at an area agency.
  18. Visit those whom you know are sick or incapacitated.
  19. If single, join an Internet dating club.
  20. Help with fundraisers for a local charity.
  21. Take piano or organ lessons.
  22. Attend pottery classes.
  23. Begin a diary or journal.
  24. Offer your services to working parents who need their children supervised after school.
  25. Plant and care for a garden.
  26. Enjoy a good video of your choice.
  27. Sign up for a college course. In many communities people over 60 can attend community colleges free.
  28. Plan to go on a cruise.
  29. Run for a local political office in your community.
  30. Help candidates whom you support run for an office.
  31. Become a poll worker. These make money assisting whenever voting takes place.
  32. Become a hospital volunteer.
  33. During the summer pick berries and other ripe fruit.
  34. During the fall pick grapes, pumpkins, squash, apples, beans and other produce in season.
  35. Operate your own small day care business within your home.
  36. Attend auctions (furniture, land, cars, estate) of all kinds.
  37. Become a mentor.
  38. Take pictures of sunsets, sunrises, and things in nature. Enter into photography contests.
  39. Buy a house pet (dog, cat, bird, fish).
  40. Take a class in floral arrangements.
  41. Have a booth at the fair.
  42. Try out new recipes and invite your friends over to sample them.
  43. Find Internet clubs of interest to join.
  44. Watch a good television program.
  45. Plan a surprise party for someone in your family, or for a friend.
  46. Go for a walk along the beach with a friend.
  47. Go for a walk in the park with a friend or group of friend.
  48. Clean out a garage and have a garage sale.
  49. Write an editorial for your local newspaper, expressing your views on a certain issue.
  50. Attend city council meetings or school board meetings to keep abreast.
  51. Sing in a choir.
  52. If you play an instrument, play in a band or orchestra.
  53. Attend a play.
  54. Attend a civic function or fundraiser.
  55. Paint on canvas.
  56. Paint using watercolors.
  57. Do pencil or ink sketches.
  58. Write your life’s story or record it so another person can write it.
  59. Write a book (fiction or non-fiction).
  60. Help a child with homework.
  61. Learn about wise investing.
  62. Go on a shopping spree. Go out of town sometimes.
  63. Rearrange your furniture in your house to create a new atmosphere.
  64. Try stamp coin or stamp collecting.
  65. Try collecting books by an author of your choice.
  66. Collect musical compositions by a composer of your choice.
  67. With your camcorder, record important events with your family and friends.
  68. Take a class teaching you how to use computers and the Internet.
  69. Learn how to blog.
  70. Get a part-time job which you will enjoy.
  71. Dine out as often as you can with friends.
  72. Attend outdoor activities within your area.
  73. Plan to go see at least one Wonder of the World.
  74. Go to a city or state where you’ve never been before.
  75. Attend seminars to help you know how to better manage your assets and time.
  76. Attend health fairs and seminars.
  77. Crochet, knit, or embroider.
  78. Sculpt.
  79. Begin an art collection.
  80. Visit the local museums.
  81. Change your hairstyle or manner of dress to create a new you.
  82. Enjoy a sauna, message or spa experience.
  83. Go fishing or hiking.
  84. Attend picnics and family reunion events.
  85. Sponsor an orphan abroad or in another country.
  86. Play board games with friends.
  87. Attend church brunches and social events.
  88. Take up a foreign language, and learn to speak it as fluently as possible.
  89. Become a pen pal to a person in another country.
  90. Become a freelance writer. Write about important events in your community.
  91. Write poetry.
  92. Compose songs and write original compositions.
  93. Create new recipes.
  94. Remodel your home. Try some do-it-yourself projects.
  95. Form a community block club with regular meetings.
  96. Make quilts for the homeless shelters.
  97. Make Christmas ornaments for the homeless shelter.
  98. Assist at the local soup kitchen.
  99. Help give out food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas or throughout the year.
  100. Be a friend to those who have no friends.

Now there are perhaps tons more of things that would interest you, but hopefully, these 100 suggestions will be a beginning.
After looking at this list, it is my hope that even the thought of loneliness will evaporate. I wish you much success!

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  1. Leila

    On July 21, 2008 at 11:37 am


    my friend just call after i prayed thanks for your help! Sincerely Leila

  2. Amanda

    On September 20, 2008 at 11:44 pm


    This list was so helpful and full of such good ideas! Thanks

  3. Jeremy

    On November 8, 2008 at 11:13 pm


    it didnt really help me, i am still lonely and as for number 100, i’m the guy who doesnt have any friends and if i could make friends, i would…

  4. HeartKill

    On November 13, 2008 at 6:18 am


    Very Useful. if you take it with a deep thinking as.. once you start doing the things written here.. you will really get your time to be driven fast..

  5. minimum

    On January 1, 2009 at 2:08 am


    heaps of thanks

  6. leslie

    On April 5, 2009 at 2:56 am


    this list is changing my life for the better, i look at it everyday and schedule my self to these activites that i think in can accomplish. pls dont remove this list and thank you!

  7. Kaycee

    On May 7, 2009 at 7:56 am


    This was very interesting. I loved the different things that you listed. I would like to add that I go to a forum http://www.theflirtingshack.com when I am lonely. I was going through a hard time in my marriage and found that it helps to join forums or find friends who can relate to what you’re going through. Good luck everyone in life.

  8. Aaron

    On June 2, 2009 at 8:02 pm


    this list doesn’t help anyone who is truly lonely.someone who doesn’t have any family, friends, or money.

    this list is for people with small amounts of friends who have a lot of money to spare,and have family to turn to.

  9. nafati

    On July 22, 2009 at 6:56 am


    dis list is for ppl wid money anf frnds !!!i hav none of them am so lonely and i hav no money if anyone wana b ma frnd and help me out dis is ma id

    zara_4ya@hotmail.com

  10. Trinity

    On August 5, 2009 at 11:39 pm


    I really appreciate this. I will use this lonely time to make myself a better more interesting person. God bless you

  11. noah

    On August 15, 2009 at 3:38 pm


    the very unhelpful suggestion number one was so unhelpful I decieded not to read the rest. However, the comments left by various weirdos reminded me that im not alone in the world. Thankyou sososoososos much jesus for listening to all those prayers asking you to cause natural disasters, they all happend!

  12. Nafati is a fag

    On December 1, 2009 at 2:09 am


    lol… maybe you don’t have friends OR money because you type the way you do. Seriously… Learn how to not sound like a dumbass online =) Have a good day.

  13. GOD

    On December 8, 2009 at 10:57 pm


    Get UP! & Do SOMETHING!

  14. Normal Person

    On December 18, 2009 at 4:29 pm


    Your a freak this is 100 things that lonely saddos do. like omg i think i might just go to bed early rather than do any of this stuff.

  15. Jasdfa

    On February 19, 2010 at 2:17 pm


    If you look at some of this list, there are alot of things you can do if you have no friends or family and if you have no money, all you need to have is a bible and I am sure if you go to a church and tell them you would like to learn I doubt they would turn you away all that for FREE!

  16. Jaime

    On February 24, 2010 at 2:05 pm


    Yea this is helpfulto some people but what about those ppl who have no friends? I try SO incredibly hard, but i guess im too fat or too ugly or too dorky or somethin. this just depresses me further.

  17. noreen

    On March 4, 2010 at 8:27 am


    This is insane, bible?!?! you dont need it when you’re lonely, you need SOMEONE who will make you smile. and yeah, your list isnt helpful for those who want to get rid of their loneliness, your list is for those who just want to run away.

  18. Pooja

    On May 8, 2010 at 11:02 am


    Hi frds, ths is a useful list. Bt 1 thng need 2 remembr is dat, b4 dng antg abov said, u hav 2 acept ur lonelines hapily den only any work vl b found joyful. :)

  19. dot

    On June 7, 2010 at 3:33 pm


    lonely people; don\’t tend to have a friend. sometimes, like in my case. just people who use them when they\’re bored. what about people who do pray, but still live with the worst luck. what if someone lives in the type of area which doesn\’t have places to go, clubs to join. what if they live in the type of place where the full community is out to get each other with endless rumors and fighting. what if you\’re a young person, still at school where no one notices you and no one cares if you were to not turn up at school one day or the next? what about those people; ones with no one to talk to?

  20. wendy fryar

    On June 12, 2010 at 8:17 pm


    Thank you! That was a nice list of things! That cheered me up!

  21. Bhupinder

    On June 18, 2010 at 6:18 pm


    It is very Interseting.When I get bored I do lots of things from here to keep me busy.

  22. jenny

    On September 18, 2010 at 6:35 pm


    This list is unhelpful to those who have no friends, have trouble making or keeping friends due to brain conditions, do not believe in deities, live far away from any family or lost their family, and can barely afford to buy food to eat.
    Loneliness is like a thirst. Painting a room a cheery color does not remove the thirst. Loneliness is distracted by activity but sometimes, just as with thirst, it stands in the way of enjoying activities.
    However, it is the thought that counts, they say, so thank you for compiling this list.

  23. Dan

    On October 6, 2010 at 9:14 pm


    \”Be a friend to those who have no friends\”

    Well that\’s me. I have no friends. So where are those who are trying to be my friend? Nowhere! So I guess everyone has friends except me. :(

  24. umm

    On January 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm


    Detailed list! helped me when i had nothing to do. :)

  25. Quanise

    On January 22, 2011 at 4:00 pm


    You have to have an open mind when we want to get over loneliness. Prayer to Jehovah does help tremendously. We as humans have an inborn tendency to be loved and give love. We all have to start somewhere. Sometimes we wallow in the loneliness and not take account all the good things that are happening in our lives right now if you are reading this you are alive and that’s a start. It takes baby steps so lets try to combat loneliness by thinking about others. God loves a cheerful giver so give time to someone in need and therefore we are helping someone else by helping ourselves :)

  26. tasha ellis

    On February 16, 2011 at 4:42 am


    It would help me and others if we could print this list and have it around so we could see it. Otherwise your article was good.

  27. pjmpbcreggae

    On March 12, 2011 at 8:18 pm


    This list makes me even more deppressed, most everything makesu more lonely and ur lonely, were are ur friends? Good is great When he loves u…. he seams to not be very fond of me lately

  28. Tom

    On March 19, 2011 at 1:01 pm


    The bible?!
    I don\’t think imaginary friends will help many people.

  29. hahahaha

    On May 9, 2011 at 4:38 am


    This list should be deleted before I kill myself over hilarity.

  30. Carole

    On May 29, 2011 at 7:35 pm


    I have no friends, no family, not permitted to have pets or paint any of the rooms in the housing that I live in. I don’t believe in God so going to a church would be a waste of their time and mine. I work a low paying job. I hate children and refuse to have them around me. I don’t like ill people, I am deaf so music is out. I’m fat and dieting so cooking is not something I can do at the moment. I have no interest or hobbies as my low paying job wouldn’t be able to support them. This list was a bust! Now I am not just lonely but depressed!

  31. stephen

    On June 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm


    Self pity isn’t a very attractive trait!!

    Thankyou for sharing a list that could prove to be helpful to those who are open minded and willing to try..

    Ultimately though..you have to have some imagination AND motivation to get up off your butt’s and stop looking to others to get you a life!!

  32. Gerry

    On July 29, 2012 at 10:29 pm


    In more cases than not loneliness is due to not having friends,
    And family you don’t get on with because you find them selfish.
    But having said that I think it was very good and interesting to read
    And it houses many great ideas, so well done to you for compiling that list I applaud you.
    God made time and we all know time is a great healer.
    May God bless the lonely and keep them in his prayers.

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