More Mattering: Talking Tables

As humans, connection is the key to our contentment, happiness, sense of value, sense of belonging. Without it we’re floundering; chasing the next source of approval or self-worth or self-gratification. With a thoughtful note, a quick call, or simple email you can tell someone near or far that they matter. As the saying goes, it’s the little things that mean the most. It’s a simple sentiment with the power to encourage, uplift, and vanquish loneliness. 

Loneliness is one of the greatest threats to our sense of well-being, affecting our health through our behaviors on social media, food consumption, and the like. One study suggests that nearly two-thirds of all people—regardless of age or gender—feel lonely at least some of the time. One British supermarket has created “talking tables” in their store cafés as a way to foster connections between people. Those looking for human interaction simply seat themselves at a table designated for that purpose, joining others or indicating a desire to be joined. Conversation ensues, providing a sense of connection and community.

Just another example of how simple and how powerful our efforts to “Do More” can be. See our article below for even more ways to Do More:

In Search of Humanity: Time to Do More?


Dennis Pitocco
Dennis Pitocco
DENNIS is the Founder & Chief ReImaginator of 360° Nation, encompassing a wide range of multimedia enterprises, including BizCatalyst 360° —the award-winning global media digest; 360° Nation Studios —dedicated to reaching across the world in an effort to capture, produce, and deliver positive, uplifting messages via blockbuster global events, and; GoodWorks 360° —a pro-bono consulting foundation focused entirely on providing mission-critical advisory services to nonprofits worldwide. Collaborating with his Chief Inspiration Officer (and wife), Ali, everything they do is "for-good" vs. "for-profit". Their mission over the past decade-plus has been to rediscover humanity at its best, influencing and showcasing it every step of the way. Together, they do their very best to figure out what the world is trying to be —then using all their resources to help it to be better every day in every way. They understand and embrace the notion that it’s not about me or you; it’s about caring for the people we serve and more responsibly stewarding the precious resources in our care. And they believe it’s about showing up, being present, and intentionally giving our invaluable gifts of time, talent, and treasure "for good". Dennis is a contributing author to the Best-Selling Books ♦ Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational ChangeJourney Well, You Are More Than EnoughThe Four-Fold Formula For All Things Wellness: True Stories of the Heart, Spirit, Mind, and Body.

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  1. The content available to all on the platform is miraculously uplifting.
    The empathy, the kindness, the creativity in spreading awareness of the importance of #weareone envelopes me with HOPE!
    Thank you, Dennis and to everyone who has shared their insights as to how to take care of each other and take care of ourselves, as well💖

  2. Thank you, Dennis, for yet another very meaningful message.

    I have personally engaged with very many people who find themselves entrapped with the phenomenon called “loneliness”, also through circumstances beyond their immediate control, ravages of natural calamities, wars etc. Communicating with them with empathy creates a live connection.

    I would also like to add that there is a marked difference between LONELINESS vs ALONENESS.

    Loneliness can be overcome reaching out and connecting with someone.

    The following is information gleaned from a book I read some years ago, by one Mr. Krishnamurthi. In a nutshell he explains that we must be aware and see the difference between loneliness and aloneness. Most of us are lonely. We may be in a crowd, with our family and friends, or walking by ourselves, and we suddenly have this extraordinary sense of isolation, suddenly cut off from everything, having no relationship with anything. That isolation is essentially a state of fear, and from that fear we do all kinds of things eg. Listen to some music, drink, escape, including the pursuit of God, and all the rest of it. And out of that loneliness, every action and reaction take place. That loneliness is entirely different from aloneness.

    Aloneness is complete freedom from the known.

    “Loneliness is the result of influence and oneself being so malleable, easily shaped. But aloneness is not the result of any influence. It is complete freedom from all influence: the influence of your wife or husband, of what you read, of the church and tradition, of your unconscious demands – being completely free of all that. In that freedom there is an aloneness. That aloneness is complete freedom from the known. Then there is a sense of learning, which comes when we understand the total process of life. That learning demands discipline. Not the discipline of the church or army, scholar or athlete, not that of the specialist who is pursuing certain knowledge, but that discipline which comes out of a deep sense of humility. And there cannot be humility if there is no aloneness.”

  3. Beautifully written & as said: connection is vital! On a webinar yesterday and we discussed effects of covid etc. My comment as to what I was missing WAS connection. At home I cater to elderly and have many friends of all kinds and status plus I have a large family. I take time to meet with the lonely… younger girls and older mostly and entertain some in my home. I like to bring joy. But for 4 months, though in a beautiful place; I find I am missing my connections; my normality. My daughters skpe & that s wonderful. I must say however; Covid has had an impact on me being immune compromised, on B.P. pills, & over 60, I dare not go far.
    But let’s put me aside I think you can tell by the comments on this post where people are at. It’s thankful thursday and I am thankful for wonderful folks like yourself. I love reading as many posts of BIZ as I can. Thx again Dennis* Loree

  4. This is so timely, Dennis, given that we’re hit with the double whammy of Covid-19 and isolation. Thank goodness for this platform that encourages us to connect with others so that we can push past the loneliness and isolation and realize that even though we may feel as if we are, we’re not alone. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Loneliness is a killer… I’m so grateful to you all here and that we are all trying to make a difference. With today’s technology and aware
    Ness on the prowl.. we can make a difference.. one keystroke, note, call, …at a time. Everyday we save more souls when we invest in others and increase their value!
    Thank you Dennis.
    This is a passion in me and reaching the hearts of others is a human connection is the foundation of my why.

  6. So true, Dennis! I’ve done a lot of work on loneliness, and it doesn’t just impact us emotionally Research shows that it is as devastating to our physical health as smoking and obesity. For so many reasons, the Friendship Bench and the HumansFirst movement is so valuable to foster connection, purpose, and contribution to those among us.

    • Amen to that, Melissa Hughes, Ph.D. And even more important in the midst of such world chaos right now… “The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” … Time for us all to simply do more…

    • Indeed – one of those unfortunate “under the radar” epidemics, Darlene – and one that we can each do so much more, with so little effort. Appreciate your perspective.

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