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  • Why is quality ‘me time’ so valuable?
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Why solitude is good for the soul

Thanks to the incessant chatter of social media, addictive mobile games, and the internet of everything, we’re slaves to our screens and incapable of tolerating our own company. Yet solitude is a powerful resource that more people are waking up to as they look to reboot, reflect and get mindful.

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Our capacity for solitude, argues Michael Harris in Solitude: In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World, is being eroded. Thanks to the incessant chatter and demands of social media, addictive gaming apps like Candy Crush, the internet of everything, and high-octane city living, we’re slaves to our screens and incapable of tolerating our own company for the time it takes to order and pay for a coffee. [1]

Not only do we hate being alone so much that we’d rather administer electric shocks to ourselves, we recoil from our own selves further because solitude ...

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