When Harry Nilsson wrote ‘One is the loneliest number’ he hit the nail on the head.
Or did he?
It’s true that feeling lonely can be an unpleasant experience.
But being on your own needn’t always mean loneliness.
There can be another side to being in your own company: the idea of solitude.
And sometimes when life gets over-busy and over-noisy, there’s a lot to be said for being able to snatch a little bit of ‘me time’, to sit quietly by yourself, or to do something without the distractions and demands of others around you.
Having said this, if you’re feeling lonely it’s going to be pretty tricky to convince yourself that it’s actually a good thing.
In that case, small steps are probably the answer.
Even a couple of words exchanged with a shop assistant can count towards your ‘5 a day’ social interactions.
In the same way that you should really eat five portions of fruit or veg each day, aim to get to the point where you go to bed at night having swapped a sentence or two with a handful of people – even if they’re only fleeting contacts.