It appears that spending time alone might improve your sense of well-being – if you are doing it by choice. In a new study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, Israeli researchers followed over 150 students who described their social experiences three times a day for ten consecutive days. They reported their feelings at the time of the experience as well as whether they were in this situation by choice or not. Not surprisingly, participants experienced greater happiness when they were with others than when they were alone. But people appeared to feel better if they were alone by choice than if they were with others not by choice. Whether it is being with others or being alone, it seems that our sense of choice in the matter largely shapes how we feel about social situations.