Happily Single: The Benefits of Being Boyfriend-Less

When it comes to being single, society can sometimes treat you as though you have some sort of disease. In films and books, single women are often portrayed as helpless and hapless, but the reality is that Bridget Jones isn't necessarily representative of single ladies.

Being boyfriend-less may seem slightly miserable when all your friends are being whisked out for romantic meals or vacations, but the single life certainly doesn't have to be seen in a negative light. There are plenty of reasons why many women are quite happily single.

Enjoy a wilder social life

Many single women continue to enjoy a wild social life long after their other friends have settled down with boyfriends or husbands. When you have no boyfriend, you are free to do what you want, when you want, with whom you want, allowing you absolute freedom. You have no responsibility to spend time with friends or family members that you don't really like. You have no need to attend dull business networking events in support of your boyfriend's career. Instead, you can simply enjoy the company of your friends, happy in the knowledge that whatever you do, it's your choice.

You can look and feel better

Research published in the journal 'Obesity' and cited on the Fitbie Web site indicates that being single may actually be better for your body. Couples' habits, such as curling up in front of the sofa and eating large meals together, are much more likely to lead to unwanted weight gain. If you are a single woman, you stand a much better chance of sticking to an exercise routine. You won't need to cook large, unwanted meals just for the sake of your boyfriend or husband, either. According to Fitbie, cohabiting increases the risk of female obesity by 63 percent.

Every penny you earn is yours

Single women don't have to justify what they spend to anyone. If you want to go out and buy that gorgeous pair of Jimmy Choos you saw over the weekend, there's nobody to stop you (bank manager aside). Being attached to somebody else inevitably brings with it financial responsibilities and commitments, which can often wear very thin. If you're really good with your cash, why should you let a man interfere and mess it all up for you anyway?

You don't need to apologize for your career

Successful career women often find that their husbands or boyfriends feel jealous or threatened. This can create a lot of friction that doesn't exist if you are single. Single career women don't need to worry about their partners or about having children and can focus on being successful at something that they love doing. Many successful career women argue that they wouldn't have achieved their aims if they had been involved in a relationship, which brings with it distractions and commitments that can easily get in the way.

Single life can make it easier to find 'the right one'

Happily single women have an easier time finding true love. Women who are fixated on finding and being with somebody frequently fall into bad relationships with the wrong person and often start to lose self-esteem. Happily single women are generally much more confident, much more independent, and therefore, ironically, much more attractive. Pursuing your own interests and being truly happy in what you do are great ways to develop just the right mindset to meet people.

Being a single, boyfriend-less woman doesn't have to be seen in a negative light. Countless single women love their lives just the way they are and have plenty of life lessons that wives and girlfriends could learn from.

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