Before 10 September, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.
While loneliness is culturally seen as something negative, and even harmful to your health, it has proven to increase your feeling of happiness and strengthen creativity.
Psychotherapist and writer from North America, Amy Morin explains that spending a few minutes a day by yourself is enough to increase your empathy and develop your emotional intelligence. “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,” she stresses.
Another benefit is creativity. Amy Morin states that silence gives the brain the opportunity to question itself and allows your mind to wander, “…which can help you become more creative.” Researcher Manoush Zomorodi supports this assertion in her Ted Talk titled “How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas,” where she explains how the brain can create new connections “when it enters autopilot mode.”
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