Science has demonstrated in recent years that there are numerous advantages to being single, and society has come to realize that not all lone people are depressing. We were like Bridget Joneses, sobbing into our wine glasses and longing for a partner to make us whole.
More and more evidence is pointing to the possibility that some people are simply not meant for partnerships. A 2015 study conducted in New Zealand revealed that those who shy away from confrontation and conflict were happier alone than in a relationship.
Since many singletons already know that it is possible to be entirely content and joyful without having a “other half,” many of us actually feel whole and complete when we are single.
Here are five very real benefits to being single
1. You’ll have closer friendships
Ever had a friend basically fall off the face of the planet when they get a new boyfriend or girlfriend, only to come back into your life once they break up? Exactly. Research shows that singletons have better relationships with their families, friends and neighbours.
2. You’ll be fitter
A study found that 73 per cent of Brits who fail to get the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week are married – whether divorced or never married, singles are much more likely to keep fit. A 2013 study also found that happily married newlyweds are more likely to gain weight in the four years after tying the knot.
3. You’ll be more satisfied at work
When you’re single, you’re free to put as much time into your career as you like without feeling guilty, and if that’s what makes you happy in life, that’s great. Research even suggests that single people may enjoy their work more because they tend to value meaningful work more.
4. You’ll have more disposable income
Whether it’s train fares across the country to visit your significant other, presents for the in-laws or just more money spent on dinners out, being in a relationship can be a lot more expensive than being single. What’s more, a study has found that singletons tend to have less debt.
5. You’ll sleep better
With a bed to yourself, you no longer have to deal with someone else’s snoring, fighting over the duvet or mismatched bedtimes, resulting in a sound night’s sleep for you every night. And as everyone knows, when you sleep well, you’re more likely to be in a good mood the following day, which impacts positively on everything you do.
Of course, there are benefits to being in a relationship too, but being single isn’t something to wish away – it’s to be cherished.