for loneliness vs. to decrease loneliness.

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I am confused about choosing a word between for and to.

As a social worker, I encouraged my client to initiate a conversation with his peers at the facility because he has no friends and seems to be lonely.
And then, my client said that he would try to make some friends "for his loneliness/to decrease loneliness".

Please, let me know which phrase is better in the sentence.

Thank you,
  • elroy

    Imperfect Mod
    US English, Palestinian Arabic bilingual
    “For his loneliness” doesn’t work.
    “To decrease his loneliness” is acceptable, but not great in my opinion.
    Try “so he could feel less lonely” or “to combat his loneliness.”
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