Christina Aguilera and Ricky Martin once claimed that nobody wants to be lonely. A BBC News report reminds us that while loneliness can be debilitating, enjoying your own company isn't necessarily a sign of personal problems.
A study by the UK Mental Health Foundation suggests that most people will experience loneliness at some point in their lives. However, as the number of people who choose to live on their own increases, it's worth recognising that this doesn't necessarily represent a problem — it may reflect a greater willingness to recognise that human beings vary widely in their sociability, as psychologist Ros Taylor points out in the report:
A loner can be perfectly content with their own company, while being alone will make another person utterly miserable.
If occasional loneliness is an issue for you, try changing your daily routine to boost your mood.