When it comes to going to the movies, dinner or any activity really, we typically look for someone to go with us. And more often than not, if we can’t find anyone to accompany us, we don’t do the activity at all.
A study in the Journal of Consumer Research, reported by The Atlantic, found that the reason people decide not to do anything at all is because they were worried the public would think they didn’t have any friends.
What other people think should not dictate how we live our lives!
While breaking the ice and doing something alone in public may be scary, it is an important barrier to cross. Keep reading for reasons and benefits it’s good to be alone.
4 Benefits to Being Alone in Public
- Heightened Independence
Chances are, there have been and will be times when you are by yourself. This can make people depressed, but it is important to be okay when you’re alone. By intentionally doing things by yourself, you can get used to it and embrace your independence. As I state in The Mystery of Time, “When you have healthy self-love you grow in heightened creativity and independence. You protect yourself from anything that interferes with your life of love.”
- Increased Creativity
Have you ever wondered why authors are always depicted writing their books in the woods? This is because being alone inspires creativity. When you are by yourself, you can let your mind wonder and focus on your art.
- Get to Know Yourself
When you’re by yourself, you only have you to worry about. Without the distractions of others, you can think about ways you can improve your life, what you actually need and what you want out of life.
- Builds Confidence
YourTango reports that when you start going out into the world by yourself, it will increase your confidence and have a positive influence on other aspects of your life, including your decision-making abilities.
If there is something you want to do in public, don’t wait for someone to go with you; do it alone! What’s your favorite activity to do by yourself? Share your favorite solo activities with us so we know what to try!