If you recognize these 9 signs, you’re more than happy being single

There’s a huge difference between being single out of choice and being single because you’re scared of commitment.

The difference lies in satisfaction. If you’re single because you fear commitment, you might be constantly second guessing yourself, yearning for a relationship. But if you’re single out of choice, it’s a whole different story.

Being happily single is all about enjoying your own company, cherishing your independence, and taking pleasure in life’s simple joys. And trust me, there are certain signs that indicate you’re more than content with your single status.

Here are some signs to look for in case you’re wondering if you really love being single.

1) You cherish your freedom

Freedom and independence are often synonymous with being single.

But let’s face it, not everyone relishes the freedom that comes with being single. Some might feel lonely or incomplete without a partner.

However, if you’re someone who truly delights in the independence that comes with being single, that’s a clear sign you’re more than happy with your status.

Think about it. You can make decisions without consulting anyone, plan your day as you wish, even spontaneous weekend trips are hassle-free.

If you recognize this sign in yourself, it’s apparent you’re not just surviving singlehood, but thriving in it.

But remember, there’s a fine line between cherishing freedom and avoiding commitment. Make sure it’s really the freedom you love and not the fear of commitment.

2) You love your own company

This is something I personally relate to.

Being single, I’ve had the opportunity to spend a lot of time on my own. Initially, it was a bit daunting. The silence seemed too loud, the solitude a little overwhelming. But then, I started to really enjoy my own company.

I’d spend hours reading my favorite books, exploring new hobbies or simply watching the sunset from my balcony. These moments of solitude became times of self-reflection and self-discovery.

If you find yourself enjoying solitude and not constantly seeking company, it’s a sure sign that you’re more than happy being single.

You’re content with who you are and you don’t need someone else to complete you.

3) You’re not in a rush to find ‘The One’

Did you know that according to a study by the Pew Research Center, about half of U.S. adults are single and many of them are not actively looking for a romantic partner?

This might come as a surprise in a society that often equates happiness with being in a relationship. But if you’re someone who’s not constantly on the lookout for ‘The One’, it’s a strong indicator that you’re content with your single status.

Being happily single means you understand that being in a relationship isn’t the only path to happiness. You’re content with your life as it is and aren’t in a rush to change your relationship status.

If finding ‘The One’ happens, great. If not, that’s okay too, because you’re more than happy being single.

4) You have strong and fulfilling relationships

Despite not being in a romantic relationship, you still have meaningful relationships in your life. These can be with friends, family, co-workers or even pets.

These relationships are fulfilling and bring you joy. They keep loneliness at bay and offer emotional support when needed. You value these connections and invest time and energy into maintaining them.

If you recognize this in your life, it’s a sign that you’re happily single. You understand that love comes in many forms and a romantic relationship is just one of them.

Your happiness doesn’t hinge on a romantic partner because you have plenty of love and companionship in your life already.

5) You’re focused on personal growth

Being single provides the perfect opportunity to focus on yourself. And if you find yourself investing in personal growth – be it learning a new skill, pursuing a higher degree, or focusing on your fitness – that’s a strong sign you’re more than happy being single.

You see this time as an opportunity, a chance to better yourself and evolve as an individual. Your priorities aren’t centered around finding a partner, but on self-improvement and achieving personal goals.

This self-focused perspective is a clear indicator that you’re not just okay with being single, but truly relish it.

6) You’ve learned to love yourself

This one goes straight to the heart.

Being single often gives us the chance to really get to know ourselves. And in doing so, we learn to love ourselves – flaws and all.

You’ve embraced who you are as an individual and you love yourself for it. You might have quirks or habits that others may find odd, but you’ve learned to appreciate these unique aspects of your personality.

You understand that self-love is the first step towards happiness. And if you’re at this stage, it’s a clear sign that you’re not just okay with being single, you actually love it.

Your happiness is sourced from within and doesn’t rely on someone else’s affection or validation.

7) You don’t feel the need to fill every moment with activity

I remember a time when I couldn’t bear to be alone with my thoughts. I used to fill every waking moment with some sort of activity, just to avoid feeling lonely or bored.

But then, I realized that being comfortable with your own thoughts is a sign of emotional maturity and contentment. If you can sit quietly without feeling the need to be constantly occupied, it’s a good indication that you’re happy being single.

You’ve learned to enjoy the quiet moments, the solitude, and the opportunity for introspection they bring.

This tranquil acceptance of your own company is a sign of true contentment with your single status.

8) You’re not afraid of the future

The future can be a scary thing, especially when you’re single. Society often paints a bleak picture of growing old alone.

But if you’re someone who doesn’t fear the future and instead, looks forward to it, it’s a strong sign you’re more than happy being single.

You have plans for your future that excite you. You’re hopeful and optimistic. You don’t see your single status as a ticking time bomb, but rather as an opportunity to create the life you want.

This positive outlook towards the future, despite being single, is a clear sign of contentment with your single status.

9) You understand that happiness is a personal journey

This is probably the most important realization. Being happily single means understanding that happiness is not a destination or a status, but a personal journey.

You recognize that your happiness is not dependent on anyone else but yourself. You’ve discovered that you are your own source of joy and contentment, and don’t need a partner to achieve it.

This understanding and acceptance of your own journey to happiness is the biggest sign that you’re more than happy being single.

Final thoughts: It’s about self-love

The essence of true happiness, especially when you’re single, often lies in the ability to love and appreciate yourself.

This is not just about accepting who you are, but celebrating your individuality. It’s about recognizing your worth without the need for external validation.

Being happily single means you’ve mastered the art of self-love. You’ve found joy within and have developed a strong sense of self that doesn’t waver with societal norms or expectations.

Remember, being happily single doesn’t mean that you’re against relationships. It simply means that you’re content with who you are and where you are in life, regardless of your relationship status.

So if you identify with these signs, take a moment to appreciate your journey and celebrate your contentment. After all, happiness is a personal journey, and it seems like you’ve found your path.

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Tina Fey

I've ridden the rails, gone off track and lost my train of thought. I'm writing for Ideapod to try and find it again. Hope you enjoy the journey with me.

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