Sex + Relationships

5 Healthy Benefits of Being Single

Although winter is now over and spring seems to bring more sunshine, college students may still find themselves lonely and in search of a companion. Some of us may be tired of the hookup culture that college has to offer and wonder when the right person will just stumble into our lives. Others may have just gotten out of a serious relationship and are wondering how to cope without a partner. Whatever the reason, being single may surprisingly be a little healthier than being in a relationship. Here are five health benefits that come with the living the single life:

  1. Healthy Heart

Who doesn’t want to live longer? According to a 2006 study published in the in the Journal of Marriage and Family, the rates of heart disease were lowest amongst those who have never been married.

  1. Fit Body

When you are riding solo, you may realize that you have a lot of time to spare. According to a study, single people tend to go to the gym more than those in a relationship because they want to work on themselves with all the extra time that they have. Also, relationships are notorious for causing stress and slowing down metabolism as a result. Good news, single folks—you are likely to be less stressed and more in shape because of a faster metabolism and extra gym time. 

  1. A Good Night’s Sleep

Although it might feel great to have a cuddle buddy, it feels even better when you have the whole bed to yourself, especially if your partner used to take up all the space on your twin-sized bed in the dorm. According to an online survey, those who are single tend to get a better night’s rest than those in relationships. Some couples even renovate their house to make two master bedrooms just so they can sleep on their own!

  1. Closer Group of Friends

Do you remember what it felt like when you were the person all of your friends disliked because you were constantly glued to your partner? Well now is the time to redeem yourself. A 2012 study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family found that people in relationships are less likely than single people to keep in contact with friends, family, and neighbors.

  1. Less Likely to Settle

Many of us have dated a person who turned out to be a total waste of our time simply because we were unhappy being lonely and single. This may be because we believe that a relationship equals personal happiness, when in fact they are two separate things. A 2013 study published in the journal American Psychological Association found the fear of being single to correlate to settling for less. From this study we can predict that people that are happy being single are more likely to be careful when choosing a partner and are less likely to settle for less.

By Nicole Pal