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Being single has its perks and science backs it up

These facts prove why there’s nothing wrong of not having a partner.

When it comes to relationships, there has been so much content as to why it’s amazing to have one. I mean, who hasn’t heard before about finding “the one” so that both can settle down, argue about what should you stream, and perhaps adopt a pet?

But what if that’s not your current situation? According to Pew Research Center, nearly half of U.S. adults are unmarried— and half of that society is not interested in dating.

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So, what could be the perks of belonging to this sector? Well, here are some experts’ answers to this question!

Have a healthier routine

Some tend to think that a person who’s in a relationship will likely spend more hours doing some work out in order to maintain a healthy body. Not so fast! There are studies that prove that single people tend to exercise more.

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A study published in Psychology Today found that single women spent five hours and 25 minutes exercising over the course of two weeks. Meanwhile, married women spent a solid four hours exercising.

The key as to why the first group workout more than the latter? Having time to invest in their physical condition.

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Focus on yourself

Singlehood allows people to concentrate on improving their minds and daily habits. Not having a significant other means you can concentrate on getting to know yourself to figure out who you really are and what you want.

For example, Tashiro & Frazier’s 2003 study showed the following: of 92 undergraduate students who recently experienced a breakup, the majority expressed feeling higher levels of personal growth when choosing to stay single, rather than jumping into another relationship.

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It’s good to dedicate some time with someone who’s good for you. But it’s also necessary to have a moment with yourself. Roxy Zarrabi, Psy.D. said:

“One of the most important relationships you will have is with yourself. Being single can provide a valuable opportunity to learn about your likes/dislikes, embrace your authentic self, and explore hobbies or activities you’ve been itching to try.”

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Single people can be more creative

Want to explore your creative side and see if you can unlock your inner artist? Good news! Research, done by professors Christopher R. Long and James R. Averill, displayed that being single facilitates creativity by stimulating the imagination and allowing one to see oneself differently through self-transformation.

Furthermore, Dr. Kelly Campbell explained that creative activities “are often intensely personal and solitary”, and “give people meaning and purpose in life”. Don’t worry! You don’t have to become the next Da Vinci, Mozart, or Brontë in order to excel. How about trying a new cooking recipe or changing your outfit?

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As stated by Long and Averill, “creativity is essentially the process of forming expressions in ways that are both useful or valuable to yourself or others”.

More time to sleep

This will be a perk for those who are light sleepers. Sure, it’s nice to cuddle with someone— unless said person likes to toss and turn every once in a while. But doesn’t it sound appealing to have the entire bed for yourself?

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Think about it: when you’re single, you don’t have to fight for the covers, put up with a pair of cold feet on you, or loud snoring throughout the entire night. Even couples have admitted the advantage of sleeping alone!

A survey conducted by the Better Sleep Council detected that 26 percent of married couples reported sleeping better when they slept separately. Also, 63 percent of the surveyed couples admitted that they slept most of the night separated.

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That’s why a survey by AmeriSleep concluded that single people sleep longer than those in relationships. It definitely seems tempting to have the opportunity of sleeping like a baby!

Independence

One of the basic requirements for maintaining a good relationship is commitment. To do so, it’s necessary for both of you to consider each other’s needs. Yet, what if there are some things that you don’t agree on? Let’s say a hobby or outdoor activities.

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While people in relationships can retain their independence, single people are more likely to be independent. Psychologist and relationship expert, Niloo Dardashti, explained to Time that people often feel like “they’ve lost themselves in relationships largely because we stop doing things independently when we have a significant other”.

Besides, a lack of independence can affect you. Psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky mentioned that its absence “not only increases your stress levels but can also lead to poor overall health”.

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And you can boost your happiness! Diana Boer, a researcher in Germany, analyzed data from more than 420,000 people and found that the amount of control a person has over their own life is a big indicator of their well-being.

Have fewer regrets in life

This perk will come in handy every time someone asks if you don’t regret being single. It’s time to debunk the stigma that says “we have to have a partner to live life to its full potential”.

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Clinical psychologist Russel Thackeray told O, The Oprah Magazine that “it’s not uncommon for people who didn’t have a chance to explore life on their own terms to experience regret.”

As mentioned above, being alone lets you discover what you want to do with your life and whether you’d like to spend it with someone. If so, you may have a clear picture of the type of companion that you’re looking for.

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Thackery added that “selfishness is a healthy state to experience. It lets you maintain a sense of self-­identity when interacting with others. Many people (often women) can vanish in a relationship as a ‘wife’, ‘partner’, mother’ to the point where who ‘they are’ is lost”.

It’s nice to read the positive side of single-hood rather than the downside of it, am I right?

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