Usually, you’ll hear me tellin’ ya to spend more time with friends.
This is because the best predictor of a person’s happiness is the breadth and depth of her social connections. But alone time is important, too.
A Harvard study indicates that a bit of solitude can make us more capable of empathy towards others. Empathy is one of the foundations of happiness, in part because empathy builds the social connections that are so crucial for well-being.
So, ironically, in order to best nurture our connections with others (and our own happiness) we need to spend some time alone. In my own experience, this is especially true for mothers! I know I am warmer and more patient with my children when I’ve had some time alone.
Take Action: This week, remember that solitude is very different from loneliness, and give yourself a bit of alone time.
Join the Discussion: Do you think solitude contributes to your happiness? How do you get your alone time? Comment below.