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Finding contentment in solitude

Finding contentment in solitude

When Francis Bacon wrote, "whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast, or a god," he meant that people despise being alone.

It is impossible to avoid aloneness in life entirely, so it's useful to have a strategy to find joy in those moments.


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Learn to draw contentment from your time alone

Learning to enjoy solitude can give you an inner calm and independence that means you won't feel desperate to stay in any friendship or relationship that doesn't fulfil you.


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Loneliness is forced solitude

Solitude is easy to enjoy if it is a choice, but isolation becomes unbearable when you lack control over your situation.

You can regain enjoyment when you regain some control: Simply improve your social life directly. But for some people, this process is slow or difficult. In that case, it helps to gain control by improving your inner world.


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Improving your inner world

Three main ways to build the foundation of your inner life is:

  • Build order: Build a routine centred around activities you care about, to turn isolation into enjoyable solitude. This can be done by creating habits for your exercise, personal projects, reading and learning new skills.
  • Create drive: If you find a passion or sense of meaning in your daily routine, isolation is easier to enjoy. The best way to create a drive is to set goals and plans of action to accomplish them. The goals need to be connected to something that interests you. Goals can't replace a social life, but they can help you through temporary isolation.
  • Find meaning: If you can create a purpose for your current isolation, it will help you move through any obstacle. It could even be to increase your independence or give you a better appreciation for your relationships.


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