Written by Paige Brettingen.
Party of One
Nothing against our kids, partners or friends, but sometimes, all of us really just need a day to ourselves. And, as it turns out, you’ll be healthier and happier for taking it, says Emma Seppala, Ph.D, associate director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. Alone time has a whole host of benefits, such as boosting your immune system, strengthening your relationships and improving your outlook on life. So go on and mark the calendar. You’ve got a date with yourself.
Do that one thing you “never have time for.” Like playing the guitar that’s collecting dust in the closet. Or working on the painting you never quite finished. Besides feeling that wonderful sense of accomplishment, activities requiring concentration can boost your mood, says Seppala. “Research shows our mind wanders 50 percent of the time, but we’re never more happy than when we’re focused on the present moment,” she says.
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