Whether you’ve been single for a while or you’ve just gotten out of a relationship, there is something freeing about being on your own. You can do whatever you want without the weight of another person holding you back. Now is a great time to get to know yourself better. Know that, like most people, you’re not going to be single forever and you will eventually find love again, but in the meantime, embrace your solo self and do some awesome things.
For the first time since the government started keeping count in 1976, the majority of adult Americans, approximately 50.2%, or 124.6 million Americans, are single, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Singles are taking over and frankly, there is probably no better time in the history of the world to be single.
Here’s why being single is so awesome.
1. You’re not constantly thinking about someone else
When you’re in a relationship, you spend a lot of time thinking about your partner. But when you’re single, you don’t have someone else constantly consuming your thoughts. This means you have increased cognitive function and more room in your brain to focus on other things, instead of thinking about what your significant other is doing and how he or she is feeling. You now have more space to think about other things — like how to boost your career or achieve a few of your goals.
2. You get to know yourself better
Take your single time to really get to know yourself. Figure out what makes you happy, and incorporate those things into your everyday life. While working on yourself and making yourself happier, you’re leaving yourself open to snatching a fantastic partner (maybe in the near future — you’re busy working on yourself right now).
3. You have more free time
Not hanging out with your significant other means you have more free time. You’re not always going to have this much free time, because one day you will be in a relationship, so make sure you enjoy it. Do all of the things you’ve always wanted to do — learn a language, join a recreational baseball team, travel alone, or sky dive — whatever makes you happy.
4. You get to exercise more
A 2004 study found that women (although surely the same goes for men) who had never been married spent much more time exercising than those who were married or divorced. As an added bonus, exercise releases all kinds of endorphins, which keep you feeling awesome.
5. You can increase your credit score
When you’re single, you’re not spending money on your partner, which may have a positive impact on your finances. Single people are less likely to be in debt: Around 21% of single people have credit card debt, compared to 27% of married couples without children, and 36% of married couples with children. It’s time to start working on that FICO score!