You're Healthier If You're Single

Posted: Aug 8 2016, 5:15pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


You're Healthier if You're Single
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Even though it might seem like it to some people, being single doesn't always mean that someone is unhappy. In fact, for some people they are happier when they are alone. Researchers have even found that being single can lead to a lot of benefits that being married doesn't have.

In a recent study from the American Psychological Association, Bell DePaulo, a psychologist, said that single people had richer, more meaningful lives than those who are married.

"The preoccupation with the perils of loneliness can obscure the profound benefits of solitude," said DePaulo, from the University of California, Santa Barbara. "It is time for a more accurate portrayal of single people and single life - one that recognises the real strengths and resilience of people who are single, and what makes their lives so meaningful."

One study that she cited said that people who are single are often closer to everyone else in their lives. While single people might seem to be cut off from love, they are actually more connected to the world around them.

Another study showed that single people had more self-determination and development than those who were married. DePaulo is conducting more research on the topic in hopes of breaking down the stigma against people who are single.

"More than ever before, Americans can pursue the ways of living that work best for them. There is no one blueprint for the good life," she said. "What matters is not what everyone else is doing or what other people think we should be doing, but whether we can find the places, the spaces and the people that fit who we really are and allow us to live our best lives."

Of course, there are still some cons to staying single as well., especially when it comes to government benefits.

"People who marry get access to more than 1,000 federal benefits and protections, many of them financial," DePaulo said of single people living in the US. "Considering all of the financial and cultural advantages people get just because they are married, it becomes even more striking that single people are doing as well as they are."

The research itself is still limited due to some of the language that we use - "never married" instead of "single," according to DePaulo.

“Only a very small number of the studies were motivated by a desire to learn anything about single people. Typically, single people were the comparison group in studies designed to elucidate something about marriage,” she said.

There will still need to be further research about the stereotypes - but it looks like you can, in fact, live a healthy and happy life while being single.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/46" rel="author">Noel Diem</a>
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