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We’re social animals, but the time when we shut out the world is our most creative, a study last year at the University of Buffalo found. Aristotle put it pretty well: “Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.”
Carving out true alone time has rarely been easy, but (in a departure from the rest of human history) our phones assure that we’re seldom alone, even in our solitude.
But standing under a showerhead, warm water coursing over our bodies, it’s impossible to work, take care of people, work out, or check duties off a list. Ditto for time spent lounging on a chaise in a fluffy robe, waiting for a face mask to dry, or <a href="https://www.us.kohler.