culture The Best Things About Being Single  

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Flying solo without a partner always seems to get a bad rap, but being single is actually kind of amazing. Starfishing the bed? Amazing. Always having dinner leftovers for lunch? Amazing. Pursuing your own passions? Amazing! If you aren't convinced, consider the real benefit of being single: getting to know yourself. Sure, waking up alone or being a third wheel gets old, but read through this list of advantages of being single to remember why single life is simply incredible. 

Have you been struggling lately with how to be happy single? Consider this: if you want to make an ideal partner one day, you may want to pump the breaks on swiping yes or no and start asking yourself the first-date questions. Who do you want to be? What would you still like to accomplish? Being single creates space in your life; you can finally concentrate on all the hobbies and interests that got left by the wayside while you were with your honey. 

You may not realize it at the time, but when you're invested in a serious relationship, you sacrifice a lot of your self because you're operating as a team. This team-like mentally is rewarding and special, but learning how to operate independently teaches you self-worth and grit, and forces you to make choices for yourself. Another wonderfully selfish thing about being single is that you don't have to worry about anyone else but yourself.

If you have a positive attitude about life, there's something inexplicably exhilarating about doing things on your own. Vote up the best things about being single.

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Choosing How You Spend Your Ti... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
Choosing How You Spend Your Time, All the Time

The Best Qualities in a Man 39 Ways to Repel a Potential Girlfriend

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You Don't Have to Pretend to B... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
You Don't Have to Pretend to Be Interested in Things You Don't Care About

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Spending Your Money on Yoursel... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
Spending Your Money on Yourself

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You Have the Time and Space to... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
You Have the Time and Space to Think About What You Want in Life

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Getting to Pick What You Watch... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
Getting to Pick What You Watch on Netflix

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You Can Stay Out as Late as Yo... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
You Can Stay Out as Late as You Want

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You Don't Have to Go to Someon... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
You Don't Have to Go to Someone Else's Family Gatherings

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Not Holding in Your Burps or F... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
Not Holding in Your Burps or Farts

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No One Rushes You When You're ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
No One Rushes You When You're Getting Ready

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You Can Have Overnight Guests ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
You Can Have Overnight Guests Whenever You Want

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Getting that Giddy Feeling Whe... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
Getting that Giddy Feeling When You Meet Someone New

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Being Able to Flirt with Peopl... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
Being Able to Flirt with People

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You Don't Have to Share the Be... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
You Don't Have to Share the Bed

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You Get the Closet All to Your... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
You Get the Closet All to Yourself

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You See Your Friends on a Regu... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
You See Your Friends on a Regular Basis

Things Your Mother Told You... That She Was Right About Famous People You Didn't Know Were Married to Each Other

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Not Shaving for Days is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
Not Shaving for Days

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There's More Time for Self... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
There's More Time for Self-Reflection

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You Can Wear All the Clothing ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
You Can Wear All the Clothing Your S.O. Passive Aggressively Disapproved Of

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Not Being Attached to Someone'... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
Not Being Attached to Someone's Hip at Social Events

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You're Better at Keeping in To... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
You're Better at Keeping in Touch with Friends and Family

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When You Make Dinner, You Alwa... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
When You Make Dinner, You Always Have Leftovers

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You Can Make Out with Anyone Y... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
You Can Make Out with Anyone You Want

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You Can Eat in Bed Without Bei... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
You Can Eat in Bed Without Being Judged

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Sharing Hilarious Dating Stori... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
Sharing Hilarious Dating Stories with Your Friends

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Not Worrying About Receiving Q... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
Not Worrying About Receiving Questionably Flirty Text Messages

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Your Drunken Mistakes Only Aff... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
Your Drunken Mistakes Only Affect You

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You Get to Travel and Experien... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
You Get to Travel and Experience New Places Alone

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You Don't Worry About Settling... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
You Don't Worry About Settling Down Too Soon

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You Can Learn About Your Sexua... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
You Can Learn About Your Sexuality Through Casual Sexual Encounters

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You Finally Understand Why Sin... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Things About Being Single
You Finally Understand Why Single People Love Weddings