To avoid waste, buy meats like chicken in bulk and immediately divide them up into packages of single servings. Place what you don't use right away in the freezer
If you want to feel connected to the world around you mentor a young person through the Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, or other organizations. Kids think you're smart!
If you want to avoid feeling lonely at meal time, don't hover over the sink with left-overs. Set the table and enjoy yourself. Be your own guest.