Health Fridays: Health benefits of being single

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Research has demonstrated that individuals in committed relationships are happier, and that marriage increases your chances of surviving heart attacks and colon cancer. But there are also health benefits to staying single as Medical News Today shows.

1. Being single is… Good for the figure

Research conducted by the University of Basel in Switzerland and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Germany found that although married couples tend to eat better than single people, they do less sport and weigh significantly more.

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Other research in men confirmed that marriage tips the scales by approximately 1.4 kilograms, and the days following early fatherhood adds to the problem.

For postmenopausal women aged 50–79 years, research indicated that those who remained single over the course of the study gained less weight, had a greater decrease in diastolic blood pressure, and drank less alcohol than their married counterparts.

2. Being single… Enhances psychological growth

The analysis of a study concentrating on life-long single people reported that those who were the most self-sufficient had less chance of experiencing negative emotions. The opposite was true for married individuals, DePaulo noted.

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3. Being single…Boosts productivity and creativity

Solitude without loneliness could increase productivity, spark creativity, and has been shown to improve happiness and satisfaction across several aspects of life. It can also reduce stress.

Source Credit: Medical News Today



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