Look at your weekly schedule and identify time you can spend connecting with a friend or colleague. Meet for lunch, go on a bike ride together or host a dinner party. Why? Because scheduling social engagements and making time to be with others protects you from the mind-numbing experience of social isolation. By spending some time everyday in activities that involve other people lessen the cognitive deficits associated with loneliness. So, go ahead, plan a social engagement activity today.