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12th Feb 2018

Being single makes your happier, according to science

Jade Hayden



With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you’d almost be forgiven for getting more than slightly pissed off with the sheer amount of couples that exist in this cruel world.

After all, how dare they flaunt their happiness and security and general acceptance of life in our faces on one day a year.

So selfish of them.

As it turns out though, being in a relationship might not actually be the best thing in the world.

Shocking, we know.

According to science, being single might be the thing to do if you want to make yourself happier.

Here’s why.

A study conducted by Natalia Sarkisian and Naomi Gerstel a few years back showed that people who weren’t in relationships were far more likely to reach out to their friends in their time of need, and also accept help from their mates when they needed it most.

The research took into account participants’ race and gender too and the outcome remained the same.

“Being single increases the social connections of both women and men.”

Essentially, if you’re single, you’ll have more friends.

Great news.

After all, having a group of mates who will bring you ice cream when you’re sad while simultaneously encouraging you to down that last shot of sambuca is loads better than being in a relationship with some lad.