8 Reasons to Be Single

Being single can have its drawbacks, but it also has plenty of benefits that some people may not realize until they’re in the midst of it. Being single means that you don’t have to spend as much time and effort on making plans with other people, and you can do whatever you want on any given day without having to check with your significant other first. It also means you aren’t as committed to another person, which can be a great relief when that person doesn’t live up to your expectations or puts too much pressure on you.

1. More time for YOU

When you’re single, you don’t have a schedule full of activities for couples with another person. Instead, you get to create your own adventures, including spending time on your own. Some people argue that being in a relationship means more free time, but it’s easy for two people in a relationship not to feel like they have enough alone time. Without another person around all of the time, it becomes easier to really focus on what you want and need instead of spending time focusing on someone else’s wants and needs. This may be especially true if learning how to live alone again after being in a long-term relationship is important for your sense of self or emotional well-being.

2. Less financial stress

For those of us who can’t (or don’t want to) commit, being single is a less expensive option in many ways. That includes money, as well as time and energy. You don’t have to split your resources with anyone else; you won’t have to work on sharing chores; you won’t have someone constantly taking up your attention, energy and finances. And being single isn’t just good for your wallet—it’s also good for other areas of life. Studies suggest that married people are happier than singles—but only because they’re healthier and more likely to be wealthy.

3. Less pressure

Being single means no one’s watching you and expecting you to perform in certain ways. You can just be yourself and feel comfortable. After all, there’s nobody around to judge or criticize you. There are fewer social expectations for a single person than for those in relationships, which means you have less stress about performing a specific role. For example, if you’re dating someone who’s uncomfortable with your career choice, it might be more stressful than if you were doing your own thing as a single person.

4. Better focus on your career

Being single can help you become a more successful employee by giving you time and space to focus on your work. If you are working toward a promotion or career change, many bosses will allow you extra time off with no questions asked if they know that’s what it takes for you to be their best possible worker. Being single may also let you devote all of your energy toward your job and relationships with co-workers; by taking fewer hours at a second job, for example, that could give your employer an advantage over another company in attracting and retaining top talent.

5. Learning more about yourself

Embrace your independence, learn new things and figure out who you are on your own. If a relationship isn’t right for you right now or if it’s ending, that’s okay. Being single is not something to be feared but rather something to enjoy. There are many benefits of being single, including not having someone else’s needs and habits dictating your actions (or at least not as much). Take some time each day to reflect and find out what YOU like. Figure out where YOU want to go in life because it doesn’t make sense to go somewhere with someone else when you don’t even know where you want go on your own!

6. Take control of your love life

If you’re single, you have all sorts of advantages: You don’t have to compromise when it comes to your beliefs, your career or your long-term goals. You can do what makes you happy without worrying about whether or not someone else will be angry about it (hint: they probably won’t). You don’t need approval from anyone. What is there to worry about? It might sound cliché, but being single is a state of mind; make sure yours isn’t full of self-pity and sadness. This doesn’t mean you should live in a constant state of reckless abandon. Being in a relationship has many benefits too, especially if it’s one that both partners are committed to.

7. You feel more attractive

There’s something liberating about being single, and you might feel more attractive because of it. One survey by Glamour magazine reported that 88 percent of women believe they look better after a breakup. You become more interesting: The majority of people said they were much happier in their lives since becoming single, according to one HuffPost/YouGov poll. Just imagine how interesting you’ll be if you go out alone instead of having your partner at your side. You won’t have to compromise: Being single means having exactly what you want (instead of compromising with someone else). Once you learn how to compromise with a partner, though, your friendship will only grow stronger.

8. Explore the world (without anyone else tagging along!)

Traveling solo is a fantastic way to build confidence and gain a better understanding of yourself. It can also help you discover all kinds of things about new places and cultures, including meeting lots of new people. So if you’re looking for ways to make being single much more fun than it might seem, consider embarking on your own adventure! You won’t know what you might find!