1. Spending the day alone at home with a stack of magazines and your nicest tea. Especially when the weather is dumpy.
2. Long walks or runs with nothing but your music. This gets you going way more than other people.
3. Dinners with one person or a couple of people instead of huge group gatherings. A lot of your friends are in different social groups anyway so this always works out best. Not only is it less overwhelming, it’s easier to split the check.
4. Binging on Netflix instead of going out. Forced small talk is bad enough, but it somehow feels even more difficult when you’re talking to a drunk man in a fedora with a shark’s tooth around his neck.
5. Quiet, by Susan Cain. This nonfiction book explains the fascinating, secret powers of introverts and is near-impossible to put down.
6. That one night off during an otherwise crazy week. So you can curl up with dinner and House Hunters, and not communicate with anyone for a little while.
7. Long one-on-one conversations with a close friend. It doesn’t matter if it’s on the phone, at the beach together, or at an unexpectedly long night of dinner and drinks after. You’re just happy to catch up with someone you care about.
8. Privacy. You wouldn’t mind if your office scrapped its open plan in favor of individual offices for everyone.
9. Solo projects. Whether it’s making a photo album, baking, or just eBaying that pile of stuff in the corner you’ve been meaning to list for ages.
10. Writing. It’s the ultimate solo project, whether you do it professionally or because you love keeping a journal.
11. Enjoying a glass of wine at home instead of going out.You don’t feel self-conscious about “drinking alone” because that one glass of wine when you need to decompress totally hits the spot.
12. Working from home. Even if you enjoy socializing with your co-workers, it’s nice to be able to take a day now and then to get things done with only your pet as company.
13. That wonderful feeling you get after you make it through a big presentation at work. Especially if you can take some time to yourself afterward.
14. Having a cell phone handy. When you’re at a party and your date is in the bathroom, you can text your friends or scroll through Twitter to avoid starting up small talk with strangers.
15. Long stretches of uninterrupted time to get work done.This is why you secretly don’t hate long flights.