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5 Ways Solitude Can Make You More Successful, Backed By Science

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5 Ways Solitude Can Make You More Successful, Backed By Science
It's important to spend time around people. You can improve your habits and learn new things when you're surrounded by interesting people. Of course, much of life's biggest joys stem from our relationships. But too much "people time" might also be a bad thing.

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You get to know yourself

You get to know yourself

When you're by yourself, you make choices without outside influences. Making choices on your own will help you develop better insight into who you are as a person.

Being alone will help you grow more comfortable in your skin as well. 

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Improve your relationships

Spending time with friends, family and colleagues contributes to a "we vs. them" mentality. 

Spending time alone breaks down those barriers. Studies show you'll develop more compassion for other people when you set aside time for solitude.

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Solitude boosts creativity and productivity

There's a reason artists, musicians, and authors seek solitude when they want to create something. Studies confirm that being alone often fosters creativity.

In addition to boosting creativity, solitude also skyrockets productivity

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Solitude improves psychological well-being

Studies have found people who set aside time to alone tend to be happier. They report better life satisfaction and lower levels of stress. They're also less likely to have depression.  

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Opportunity to plan your life

Setting aside time to be alone can help you reflect on your goals, dreams, and aspirations. 

Take a break from the hustle and bustle to think about whether you're living life according to your values and whether you might want to make some changes.

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How to Set Aside Time

The busier you are, the more likely you are to benefit from some quiet time.

Just 10 minutes of alone time each day could be enough to help you rejuvenate from the daily grind. Silence your electronics and allow yourself to be alone with your thoughts.

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