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F-ck Finding "The One" — Here Are 6 Reasons To Be Consciously Single

Happy Singles Day.

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Dating is a great way to meet new people and if we’re being honest — who doesn’t love being wined and dined? But being single has its own perks, too and post-pandemic, the idea of being alone is enticing for many.

Naomi Walkland, head of Bumble UK and Ireland told Stylist: “Since the beginning of the pandemic, more and more people are remaining consciously single, and being more mindful and intentional about how they approach dating,”

If this resonates and you’re contemplating choosing the consciously single route, keep reading for its benefits.

@milliegshields Back with these types of vids!! Stay single ❤️ #foryou #fyp #staysingle #singlefiles #staysinglestayhappy #whatdoesbeingsinglemeantoyou #singleuk #healthyloveiscoming #youneedhealthylove #healthylovehack #whybesingle #consciouslysingle ♬ Aesthetic – Tollan Kim

Single people are more creative, science says.

A 2003 study called “The Exploration of Being Alone” revealed that singlehood sparks creativity “by stimulating the imagination and allowing you to see yourself differently through self-transformation.” Because there’s a heavy emphasis on self and discovery — we hope — you’re able to go within and express yourself in ways you never thought possible.

Deciding what to eat doesn’t take forever.

No matter how much you love someone, this is can spark a disagreement instantly. In this case, think of it as one less thing to worry about.

You can prioritize community.

According to this 2015 study, single people have stronger social networks.

Dating notoriously takes a lot of time and care, especially if you’re polyamorous. Singlehood allows you to focus on friendship and you’re developing your chosen family which is important for aging and maintaining well-being.

@healwithmegs If I could bottle this up and give it to everyone I meet I absolutely would. You deserve to love your own company and feel absolutely whole and worthy on your own. #singlelife #consciouslysingle #datingadviceforwomen ♬ So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings – Caroline Polachek

You save money.

In the age of infla-dating, a trend that refers to inflation and dating troubles, it’s unrealistic to budget for weekly dates as a member of the working class.

You get to spoil yourself more often.

Less time, energy and funds going to partner(s) means more available resources for you.

Lonely < Being alone.

As psychotherapist Amy Morin told Business Insider, “Time alone doesn’t have to be lonely.” Being single awards you more sacred space to fall in love with all aspects of yourself, adopt new hobbies and ultimately, elevate your own life.

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