232: Simone Heng On Why Loneliness is Becoming the World’s Next Big Health Problem

by neeta bhushan


Is loneliness affecting your mental health? You’re not alone. Hello, Brave Table listeners! Today, we’re exploring the silent epidemic of loneliness and how to build meaningful connections.

In this episode, I’m joined by my dear friend Simone Heng, who has literally written the book on loneliness! Simone is a leading authority on human connection and loneliness, speaking on stages all over the world. Today, she’s sharing her wisdom and personal journey through trauma and cultural pressures, highlighting how these experiences shape the longing for genuine human connection. We’re also unpacking the profound impact of COVID-19 on our social fabric, especially in regions with strict lockdowns, and how it’s reshaped our ability to connect and form deeper bonds.

Simone’s book, “Let’s Talk About Loneliness,” is a beacon of hope, full of tools to bridge the gap between our desire for connection. So, pull up a seat at The Brave Table and get ready for some laughs, some tears, and some practical steps to build and maintain vital connections in your life! 

What you’ll get out of this episode… 

Discover the secret of longevity and Singapore’s hub for aging research

Learn the importance of social connections and how they contribute to emotional well-being

How loneliness has become a global epidemic, and the impact of modern technology

Unpack how childhood trauma and cultural upbringing influence human connection

How to form genuine connections in an increasingly digital world

Explore the long term impact of COVID-19, social isolation, and developing social skills 

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Grab a copy of Simone’s book, “Let’s Talk About Loneliness,”  here: https://linkpop.com/simoneheng 

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An added bonus! For those who would like to become better speakers, you can get Simone’s 8 Ways to Fight Stage Fright E-Book https://www.courageousspeaking.com/ebook

For more information on the Blue Zones Project, check out the Netflix docuseries on longevity

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Dr. Neeta Bhushan is a former cosmetic dentist turned best-selling author, international speaker, serial entrepreneur, advocate of mental health & emotional health, and leadership coach. Founder of the Global GRIT Institute and author of the best-selling books Emotional GRIT & The Book of Coaching, Neeta left her large dentistry practice to journey across 45 countries, researching and immersing herself in the field of human behavior health, self-help, and personal development. Her pursuit of knowledge to understand the habits of successful people to create positive life transformation is sparked by her own life experience to overcome extreme adversities; being orphaned at a young age, surviving an abusive marriage of domestic violence, and recovering from extensive loss. Neeta’s approach seamlessly blends the emotional grit & resilience she developed to overcome stress, anxiety, depression, and mental illness. The success of her coaching and message has been an inspiration & motivation and continues to transform thousands worldwide. She sets the bar for a new form of leadership for professionals & people of color through capacity building, courage, and meaningful legacy.


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