“To have passed through life and never experience solitude is to have never known oneself. To have never known oneself is to have never known anyone.” – Joseph Krutch
No matter your marital status or relationship status, there are great benefits to having alone time. Here are just a few science-backed reasons for spending time alone:
1. Alone time increases empathy.
When you spend time with a certain circle of friends or your co-workers, you develop a “we vs. them” mentality. Spending time alone helps you develop more compassion for people who may not fit into your “inner circle.”
2. Solitude increases productivity.
Although so many offices have started creating open floor plans so everyone can communicate more easily, studies show being surrounded by people kills productivity. People perform better when they have a little privacy.
3. Solitude sparks creativity.
There is a reason a lot of authors or artists want to go to a cabin in the woods or a private studio to work. Being alone with your thoughts gives your brain a chance to wander, which can help you become more creative.
4. Being alone can help you build mental strength.
We are social creatures, and it is important for us to have strong connections with other people. But solitude may be just as important. Studies show the ability to tolerate alone time has been linked to increased happiness, better life satisfaction, and improved stress management. People who enjoy alone time experience less depression.
6. Being alone gives you an opportunity to plan your life.
Spending time alone can give you a chance to ensure there is a purpose to all of your hustling and bustling. Quiet space provides an opportunity think about your goals, your progress, and changes you want to make in your life.
Source: Forbes 2017
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