Single and Happy

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Single and Happy

Whether you’re a teen just starting to date, a 20-something with parents asking you when you’re getting married, or are single after a divorce or death of a spouse, there’s a lot of societal pressure to be in a relationship. In each of these situations, remember &ndsash; it's all right to be single and happy for however long you choose to be.

Everyone is different

We all want different things out of life. There are lots of good reasons why you might not want a relationship or feel like you are not ready to have a relationship right now. There are also a lot of great things about being single.

Why choose to be single?

  • Your decisions only affect you and don't involve the wants or needs of a significant other.
  • You have the freedom to concentrate on doing things you enjoy.
  • You can spend time with your friends and meet new people to have fun with.
  • You can parent on your own terms if you have children.
  • There’s no arguing over the tv channel or thermostat setting.

While the last one is a bit of a joke, it is true that being in a relationship requires compromise and communication, and can be hard work. If you’re not ready for that, or simply feel happier on your own, enjoy the single life without worry!

There are plenty of other things that you can do, including spending time with others (both singles, couples and families), getting healthy exercise on your own or through sports, volunteering for a cause you care about, or meeting new people.

Many articles in this section were adapted from WeRNative.org, a website for Native Youth by Native Youth