95-year-old 'Bill' from Southampton called BBC Radio Solent during a mid-morning show last week.
During the conversation, Bill revealed his wife had been taken into a nursing home after a bad fall.
The pair had been friends for 30 years before they wed last year. Bill said he was "missing her" and he visited her every day, BuzzFeed reported.
On hearing his story, the radio station team organised a taxi to pick Bill up and bring him to the studio. He became an honorary 'special guest' and even fielded calls from listeners. Source: The Independent.
What a great Good Samaritan story. The gesture benefited both parties, and spread the feel-good factor to their listeners too.
After all, a lonely person just wants a sympathetic listener.
A small gesture—an offhand invitation to lunch—is often a better antidote than showering someone with too much attention.
Offer to accompany someone to a medical appointment. One study found that doctors said they treat socially isolated people less well than patients with supportive families, and they've seen other health practitioners do the same.
(Our neighbour always takes my husband to his hospital appointments, and sits in to give him mental support.)
Remind your friend that doing things alone—going to a movie, eating out—is hard for a lot of people, especially the first time. You might take her to the coffee shop that gives you a sense of community when you're on your own and volunteer to help find a place in her neighborhood.
When I answered the loneliness quiz questions, I got a high score. However, by reaching out to people over the WWW, I feel as if I'm conected. Of course, nothing would beat a real cup of coffee with someone I respect.
Take your own loneliness quiz.
Go out and spread the kindness, people. Be a friend to someone in need.