Loneliness is marked by a sense of isolation.
Solitude, on the other hand, is a state of being alone without being lonely and can lead to self-awareness.
Solitude is a time that can be used for reflection, inner searching or growth or enjoyment of some kind. Deep reading requires solitude, so does experiencing the beauty of nature. Thinking and creativity usually do too.
Solitude suggests peacefulness stemming from a state of inner richness. It is a means of enjoying the quiet and whatever it brings that is satisfying and from which we draw sustenance. It is something we cultivate. Solitude is refreshing; an opportunity to renew ourselves. In other words, it replenishes us.
Solitude is something you choose.
Loneliness is imposed on you by others.
Solitude restores body and mind.
Loneliness depletes them.
-Excerpts from the article written by Hara Estriff Marano in Psychology Today
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