For the longest time, being an introvert meant a world of misery. Everyone expected an introvert to enjoy time out with friends and have fun at parties, including themselves. Because the thought that someone might actually prefer spending some quiet time alone, instead of out painting the town red was unheard of. Thankfully with time, there is more awareness about introverts and how they function.
An Introverts needs are quite different from the rest, and so are their joys and tribulations. Something which gives happiness to an extrovert might cause great pain for the introvert, for instance- being thrown into the spotlight, unasked. But, focusing on the positive, here are 10 things which bring happiness to an introvert:
1. The awareness to be themselves
Many people still struggle with their inability to handle social situations without realizing that they are an introvert. This creates an internal conflict where they hate themselves for not adhering to what they assume is the right behavior. But by trying to imitate the conventional, they harm their own nature. Unless an introvert is at peace with his personality and knows their own needs and specialties- they cannot be happy. So the first step to happiness is the power to be unapologetically themselves.
2. Time for themselves so they can recharge
Being an introvert is tiring. They are expected to function in a world which is full of noisy activity all the time. Stimulus triggers the introvert and there is nothing they can do about it. The same torture day in and day out leaves them feeling exhausted and drained. It is paramount that they get some quiet time each day, where they can recuperate, relax and rejuvenate their depleted energy resources. They need to catch up with themselves. If they don’t, they run the risk of chronic fatigue as well as mental exhaustion.
3. Conversations which enlighten and enrich them
Introverts feel everything at a much deeper level. They are not interested in gossiping about what is happening in some random person’s life. They would much rather have serious and possibly intimate conversations which expand their mental horizons. This is one of the main reasons why they struggle trying to have a good time at a party. Casual talks, loud music and being surrounded by a handful of strangers, is just not a natural environment for them. They would much rather spend their time talking at length with one person, than making the acquaintance of ten more.
4. Friends and family who doesn’t force them to socialize
It is a general misconception that introverts don’t have/like to make friends. They do have their friends but it is usually a very select group who understand their special needs. Due to the reason mentioned before, it can be quite difficult for an introvert to make friends. But the ones that they are friends with know that their introvert friend might not always be up for an adventure like them. And they respect the wishes of their friend; instead of guilt-tripping them into attending parties/socializing against their will.