There are a lot of upsides to living the single life. You don't have to adhere to someone else's Netflix requests, you can devote almost all of your time to self-discovery, and you can make a weekly ritual without judgment. There's even an entire episode of Sex and the City dedicated to this so-called "secret single behavior."
Personal freedoms aside, University of California social psychologist Bella DePaulo has also uncovered some psychological benefits of going through life solo. DePaulo, who is also the author of , analyzed 814 different studies of single and married people, presenting at an American Psychological Association conference this past August. , here's what she found:
- Singles are more likely to be self-reliant and motivated compared to their coupled counterparts.
- Singles actually set more goals for themselves compared to married couples and devote more time to personal development and growth.
- Singles tend to have better relationships with their friends, siblings, parents, and co-workers.
"When people marry, they become more insular," said DePaulo, adding that "more than ever, Americans can pursue the ways of living that work best for them. There is no blueprint for the good life."
All the single ladies: What's your favorite part of living the single life? Share your thoughts below!