چگونه مجرد باشید وقتی مجرد هستید (بله ، ممکن است)


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Photographed by Jessica Garcia.

Let’s be real: being single can be hard,

especially if you’re over 30

— or even in your late 20s. As

Emma Watson recently told British Vogue

, “If you have not built a home, if you do not have a husband, if you do not have a baby, and you are

turning 30

, and you’re not in some incredibly secure, stable place in your career, or you’re still figuring things out… There’s just this incredible amount of anxiety.” And if even Emma Watson feels this way, then what chance do the rest of us have?

Society tells us that women in particular should be

partnered by 30

. And even if we

know

that the idea that everyone’s life should follow the same timeline is total BS, the pressure can still get to us. With some time and self-reflection, Watson learned how to be happy while single — or as she calls it, “self-partnered.” But can the rest of us, who don’t have all that

Harry Potter

money lying around, do so, too?

But also in May 2019, behavioural scientist Paul Dolan announced that his latest evidence suggested that

married women were less likely to be happy

than single women. “We do have some good longitudinal data following the same people over time, but I am going to do a massive disservice to that science and just say: if you’re a man, you should probably get married; if you’re a woman, don’t bother,” he said while speaking at Britain’s Hay Festival, as reported by

the Guardian

.

“[As a man, when you marry] you take less risks, you earn more money at work, and you live a little longer,” he added. “She, on the other hand, has to put up with that, and dies sooner than if she never married. The healthiest and happiest population subgroup are

women who never married or had children

.”

In her 2019 book

Happy Singlehood: The Rising Acceptance and Celebration of Solo Living

, sociologist Elyakim Kislev went further than asking

if

single people were happier than married people, and looked at the circumstances that made them happy. Kislev found that happy single people over 30 were more likely to spend time with friends, family, and colleagues; enjoy their work; have more

optimistic attitudes

towards life; and feel more accomplished than unhappy single people. Happy single people also placed more importance on values including freedom, creativity, and trying new things. 

While these factors affected

married people’s happiness

too, for single people, the effect was greater. As

Psychology Today

reports, “In just about every instance, single people got more happiness out of their socializing, their values, and their positive perceptions of themselves and their jobs [than married people].” 

If you’re

single and feeling down about it

, asking if you’d be happier in a relationship probably won’t do you much good (though I

am

bookmarking Dolan’s argument to send to people who fret about why I’m still single). But looking at Kislev’s research about the circumstances under which single people are happy

could

help lift your mood. You can focus on nurturing your relationships with friends and family, exploring new hobbies, and making your work life the best it can be.

And you can do all these things

while dating tooTENGA

brand ambassador

Shan Boodram

suggests that single people invite dates along to new experiences they’d like to do anyway, rather than sticking to the old dinner-and-drinks combo.

“If you’re able to weave dating into the things you enjoy, I’m a big fan of that,” she explains. “If I’m already going to go to the sex museum, why not bring somebody along? I would have gone regardless; I enjoy the atmosphere, and if I don’t enjoy the person, it isn’t a complete loss. Centring dates around places you want to eat and things you enjoy — one, the person gets the benefit of seeing you in your element, but also, it helps you avoid

dating burnout

.”

Of course, you don’t have to date around if it doesn’t sound fun to you. Whatever you choose, if you’d like to think of yourself as “self-partnered” rather than single, go for it — it seems to be working for Emma Watson.

 

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