For many, it is even more scarce than that.
So this can be great for mums who maybe haven't spoken to another adult all day. Allison said: "Probably the time I was most lonely was when I had a small baby.
But it's not just the elderly who can benefit from a random "hello". So she composed words that would "open the avenues" for people and wrote them on cards that she attached to benches in May.
View original tweet on Twitter Word has spread through social media and now "Happy to Chat" benches are popping up all over the world - with the exact same words composed by Allison. He was ignored by the passing dog walkers, joggers, parents hapy pushchairs and teenagers with headphones, all too busy to even say "hello".
Did he want to be alone? I didn't want it to sound too vulnerable so I wrote, 'Happy to chat bench.
The Happiness Research Institute opened the museum in July It was enough to move one woman to try and get strangers to chat, helping inspire a movement that has spread across the world. Sit here if you don't mind someone stopping to say hello'.
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She declined to him, for fear the man would regard her as "weird". The mission statement of the museum is to: "inform decision-makers of the causes and effects of human happiness, make subjective well-being part of the public policy debate, and improve [the] overall quality of life for citizens across the world. Did anyone actually care?
The Senior Citizen Liaison Team charity took the idea a step further. Did he want company?
How 'Happy to Chat' benches are tackling loneliness How 'Happy to Chat' benches are tackling loneliness no Close A simple dog walk has led to a craze that is sweeping the UK and as far afield as Australia and North America. People from Canada, the United States, Australia, Switzerland and Ukraine have contacted the charity, all interested in copying the idea to get people talking.
If you were lonely, would you talk to a stranger? It was a blissfully simple idea to tackle loneliness that swiftly created a buzz. A museum dedicated to sharing the science of happiness has opened in Copenhagen, Denmark.
It has already set up partnerships with both Avon and Somerset Police and Gwent Police to have permanent benches across their areas and arrange volunteers to "chat-bench". Allison Owen-Jones, 53, watched as an elderly man sat alone on a park bench. Pop along for a chat in the sunshine.