A new breed of 'single-positive' personalities reject the notion that you need a partner to be happy and have a fulfilling life.
These 'self-partnering' individuals are seeing that being single is not being lonely or depressed, but is leading them to experience life as a positive and exciting ride.
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Many single women are starting to realize that they are not losing much by being single, but are gaining a lot of freedom and time to do self-care and pursue things that matter to them.
The stigma of being spotted doing something alone by others is now diminishing.
People are traveling, eating, catching a movie, visiting the local pub, all alone and positively enjoying it.
Many books and movies reflect this 'singledom' lifestyle choice, and it is more than just traveling or dating alone.
Society has always favored a family, as opposed to an individual, so being single, and in a 'sologamy' mode is filled with challenges.
It is a misguided and increasingly obsolete assumption that being in a relationship should be the norm.
Being in a relationship should be an option, not a necessity.
Happiness is dependent on outside circumstances to align with your expectations so that the end result is your happiness. It’s based on internal and external circumstances, thus unstable, with its chronic lack leading to despair and depression.
Meanwhile, joy is internal and not contingent on anything in order to exist. It can be cultivated and the first step to do it is to understand the difference between happiness and joy.
It’s human nature to linger on feelings of regret. We look back and think that missed opportunities(real or not) could have set us on a different, possibly more rewarding path. Unchecked, these emotions become overwhelming sources of stress and anxiety.
A good apology takes two people: the giver and the receiver. An apology that heals is based on kindness, generosity, and compassion.
The recipient accepts it with grace and, in turn, offers forgiveness. Without forgiveness, it cannot heal.