I found that the best cure for being lonely was learning to enjoy my own company. Loneliness is something that you can feel even when you're surrounded by people, so the company of others is not always the answer. I learned to savour time to myself and to pursue interests that absorb and enrich me (like reading, art and writing) While it's nice to be around other people, it's also nice to enjoy the quiet and solitude of doing things you love. If you're contented and happy in your own company, there is no room for loneliness.
I think it's healthy for us all, regardless whether we're shy, introspective people or more gregarious, to cultivate the ability to be alone, happily and constructively, at least some of the time. A lot of people are so emotionally needy that they need to be with others all the time, and are totally lost when they're in a situation where they're by themselves. A great way to deal with lonliness, though, is to join a social group of like-minded people. Even if someone is very shy, if they choose to join a regular group or classes in some kind of quiet, creative activity (pottery or craft classes, a reading group, etc) eventually trust will be built and friendships can be formed, based on the common interest.
That's a good question. I think we'll all be lonely at some point. But I think the real issue is how we deal with it.
I find that it really helps to foster meaningful relationships with the persons around you. Relationships characterized by trust, honesty, respect and love.
Learn to be your own best friend! When you feel lonely, do something you love, go for a walk. Getting out into nature really helps me (you can wave to the squirrels). Creating something artistic helps lift my mood.
Join in with group activities, sports, hobby groups, volunteer activities.
Perhaps even look at pen pals beware of course and never loan or give money, that is not friendship.
School friends can help overcome loneliness.
You are NEVER really alone, I have experienced extreme grief and felt totally alone friends and family were fantastic and now I have another fantastic woman in my life (my wife).
Loneliness is part of life. How a person handles it,is a different matter. Going for a nature walk and learning to enjoy ones own company can make a difference. That's how I have learned to deal with loneliness.