The Benefits of Being Alone
Solitude isn’t our most comfortable state. In fact, a 2011 study from Harvard University and the University of Virginia found that subjects were so averse to loneliness that they would rather receive a series of electrical shocks than be alone with their own thoughts for 15 minutes.
Further research suggests we’d be wise to overcome the anxiety that seems to accompany loneliness. While nobody’s advocating becoming a hermit, there are benefits to spending at least some time alone.