Common sense and science dictate that humans are social animals who must socialize to be happy and functional. Being gregarious generates us benefits from maintaining intimate relationships and associating with groups. Collaborating on projects at work makes us smarter and more creative. Socializing with friends develops emotional intelligence, helps us mature and face life’s ups and downs.

Spending time alone, by contrast, can look strange, awkward and disruptive of social norm. In a world gone viral with social media and technology, those who prefer solitude are seen as plain weird, psychos and surreal.

Research now suggests that spending time solo, if well managed, can be really be good for us — that certain tasks and mental processes are best performed without anyone else around, and that even the most gregarious people should take time off to be alone if we want to have fully developed personalities, focus better and generate creative thinking.

Some actually advise that if we want to get the most out of the time we spend with people, we should make sure we’re spending enough of it away from them.

The latest Census figures indicate there are some 31 million Americans living alone, which accounts for more than a quarter of all US households. Compared to the rest of the UK, London has the biggest proportion of single people living alone…a city that accommodates roughly 8 million inhabitants!

These days in the UK the experience of being alone has been transformed radically for people spend their time 24/7 connected to the world via smartphones, tablets, ipads, ipods, blackberrys and computers.

This makes the clear distinction of being connected or alone even more confusing.

Anyway, just start meditating before bedtime everyday to find balance in your life!