As a proponent of connection with others, I’ve stressed the importance of avoiding isolation for health and happiness, so it may be confusing to see I’ve included solitude as a simple pleasure. Solitude is different from isolation. Solitude renews, and refreshes the spirit. It’s a time for reconnection with self, nature, and the universal current that runs through everything. Solitude energizes unlike isolation which de-energizes. Solitude is intentional rather than reactional. There’s nothing nicer than an hour all to yourself, enjoying nature, reading a good book, watching your favorite movie, or creating some form of art. For this reason, solitude is the simple pleasure of the week. Get some! Happy Weekend!