In our society being single is hard and often comes with a negative stigma. Societal judgments and family opinions can often make you feel worse about your marital status. However a new study that recently came out suggests singles become happier as they age. The study highlights that happier single people are more focused on creating a full live, rather than finding a partner.
The study mentions that the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey reported that more than 120 million U.S. residents, or almost 48% of adults aged 18 or older, were divorced, widowed or had never been married. In 1970, 29% of the population, or 39 million adults aged 18 or older, were single. Even though times have changed, stigma still continues and can often be difficult to deal with..
But how do you be happy while being alone? “The study suggests that you can achieve this by focusing on creating a full life now, for yourself, rather than finding a partner. Surround yourself with other happily single people. Watch the language you or others use to refer to single-hood. (Ever walked into a restaurant alone and had the host ask: “Table for just one?”) Be proud of the life you’ve created.”
The WSJ article highlights a woman who began treating herself as she would a partner. She began to buy herself lavish birthday gifts and took herself out to dinner for holidays. She began thinking of it as quality time with herself. As a result of this, her life is more “full”. The article highlights the following tips for single people to lead happier lives. They include:
Start today.Assess your life.Don’t ruminate on being single. Build a support network.Remember that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Schedule time to do things, or see people that make you happy. Be spontaneous.Be fully present. Treat yourself as you would a partner you love. Keep a list of people you admire from the past and present who lived great single lives, and use it for inspiration.
If you’re struggling with being single and your mindset with relationships, we can help. You deserve to be happy and live a fulfilling life. Book a consultation about group or individual therapy today by calling or texting us at 301-519-8010, or emailing us at [email protected].