This post was most recently updated on August 21st, 2023
[A collaboration post with Day Translations – all thoughts are my own.]
Do you have any idea what an introvert’s life looks like? Do you know what introverts love to do?
I’m not really sure exactly when I became an introvert. I still remember having a lot of friends during elementary school; we talked a lot and did fun activities together. I used to go out every afternoon to bike with them, almost every day.
Everything started to change when I entered high school. I would come home after school and be busy with schoolwork and extra lessons. The only leisure activity I engaged in was reading. I spent my free time immersed in books. During college, I was occupied with assignments and extracurricular organizations. I would often return home late at night to work on presentations. I rarely find time to visit places for relaxation. I preferred staying at home rather than going out like the rest of my friends. Spending time alone was my preference.
At times, I can be quite talkative about subjects I’m knowledgeable about. However, I also appreciate solitude and can be rather quiet. Crowded environments tire me quickly, often depleting my energy within just 3–4 hours of being outside the house.
Introverts tend to focus more on internal thoughts, feelings, and moods than seeking out external stimulation. They tend to be more quiet, reserved, and introspective. Introverts have to expend energy in social situations, unlike extroverts, who gain energy from them. After spending time with a large group of people, introverts often feel the need to recharge by spending a period of time alone.
“Silence is a source of great strength” – Lao Tzu
What are a few signs that you might be an introvert?
- You gain energy and strength from being alone
- You enjoy spending time alone to think or recharge
- People may find it difficult to get to know you
- You often give the impression of being quiet, calm, and mysterious
- You’re very self-aware; you have a very good knowledge of your feelings
- You like to learn by watching
- You pick jobs that involve independence
- You tend to have fewer, very close relationships
Unlike the popular opinion that the life of an introvert is uninteresting, there’s something fascinating about introverts’ behavior. People frequently want to find out why they’re so quiet and what they spend most of their time doing.
There’s nothing wrong with being introverted. Your shy nature is something to be proud of. Of all the successful introverts in the world (like Albert Einstein or Bill Gates), you are one of them. Embrace these qualities and accept them wholeheartedly.
For those who are curious about introverts’ life, I created this post to help you take a peek at the introvert lifestyle and have answers to your secret questions. More so, if you’re looking for ways to make an introvert in your life happy, this list of things introverts love would be quite beneficial.
It’s been raining for the past few days in Bali and I really like it. Rain has an undisputedly comforting effect on me, which is why introverts love it so much. Dark clouds and cool weather! I also love the rain because it’s the best distraction on a busy day to focus on. The life of introverts requires a quiet environment and rainy weather sets the tone just right.
Staying at home
I like staying at home and living a simple life. For introverts, the idea of a perfect day is staying at home doing all the things they love. The secluded atmosphere allows them to focus on their interests. From spending time with family and friends to having optimal time with themselves, nothing is more comforting to an introvert’s soul than these little things.
Deep conversations with close friends
There’s nothing more satisfying than talking to the right person. And it will surprise you to find out that introverts can be talkative around the right company. That’s why I said I can be talkative, especially on particular topics that interest me, and to talk to someone I’m comfortable around.
When I meet with my close friend, we talk about our future plans, positive things for a better life such as saving or investing, or also planning which tourist attractions we will visit in the future. Deep discussions make living as an introvert all the more fascinating. It gives them a chance to connect intimately with people and gain insight on several matters.
Listening to calm music
According to research, introverts are more sensitive to loud or distracting noises. Therefore, one of the things they enjoy are songs that help them relax. It’s the perfect distraction to a busy day’s atmosphere like Mondays.
When writing, I usually listen to calm music like instrumental acoustic tracks, relaxing piano music, or a soothing soundtrack for enhanced concentration. An introvert needs less external stimulation to balance their inward energy because their life is also associated with heavy brain activity. Both of my jobs require more thinking than moving. Being a translator and a blogger makes my brain work out more than my body. Calm music is an ideal tool to help me cool off and gain more mental energy.
Spending time alone
I’ve written about why I like spending time alone. I value solitude because it helps my brain to function properly with fewer distractions. Therefore, if you have an introverted friend, giving s/he time alone when they need it will make s/he happy. As for yourself, acknowledging when it’s time to rest is how you take care of yourself. Find a quiet place to cater to your mental and emotional needs as often as you can.
I installed the internet at my home at the beginning of 2020, even before the pandemic happened in my country. I resigned from my office job and built my own business from home. I regularly seek out clients who need help with manual translations or English to Indonesian translation projects. That’s why I decided to install unlimited Internet. Nothing better for introverts than unrestricted internet!
Working at home with unlimited internet gives introverts ample time and resources to engage in their interest and develop their skills. I develop my translation skills and start launching my blog in mid-2020. From watching movies, and shopping online, to doing some research, unlimited internet helps introverts productively spend more time in their comfort zones.
Bingeing on TV shows and movies
My introvert’s life is full of imagination and motion picture rekindles my creative thinking. Introverts love to watch movies or TV shows because it’s how they escape to the worlds they create in their minds. They can create scenarios in their heads from the comfort of their homes. I like to create my Hogwart scenario!
So, if you’re looking for ways to make an introvert in your life happy, it’s best to give them great movie suggestions and they will appreciate your efforts more than you realize.
Seeing new and beautiful places
It always amazes me whenever I visit a new and beautiful place. Seeing a beautiful place would be a perfect place to get out of my comfort zone. I could say this is why introverts are natural daydreamers because they regularly crave new experiences. Visiting calm and conducive places like restaurants, cafes, movie theatres, etc, is how to be a happy introvert.
Life as an introvert is relatively simple. Some of their best hobbies can include baking, gardening, gaming, painting, blogging, or going on long walks. Knowing what to do as an introvert to make your life more meaningful is important. You can also decide to take a break to relax your mind.
Did you enjoy this article on the things introverts love? Are you in the introvert category? Or have an introvert in your life? I’d love to know your opinion below.