Living Alone Is Actually Awesome (Even Science Agrees)

In his book , sociologist Eric Klinenberg explains why people who live alone are the most socially and communally engaged of household units. "In fact, compared with their married counterparts, they are more likely to eat out and exercise, go to art and music classes, attend public events and lectures, and volunteer," he writes. This may come as a major surprise considering that the word "" signifies all sorts of bleak sentiments like loneliness, alienation, and insularity.

But as Klinenberg explains, it's worth considering how solitude has the capacity to be liberating and , too. In fact, according to from the University of Michigan, living with someone who engages in , and an anxious roommate can make you more on edge while a happy roommate won't necessarily have a positive influence on your mood.

After living with a stranger-turned-friend as well as a group of close friends, and then a high school acquaintance followed by a now ex-friend, I can say with certainty that my experience of has been (unexpectedly) my best. Since I know the ups and downs firsthand, I decided to come up with a list of tips for first-time as well as some anecdotes that reveal all the benefits of living . Get the full details below so you can decide if it's the lifestyle choice for you.