In The Great Gatsby Leonardo DiCaprio played a wealthy, single man saving himself for one woman. Had Gatsby known what the actor seems to know, he would’ve calmed down. Sometimes, researchers say, being single is great.
The first point may be obvious: Single people have better social connections. It’s obvious because if you aren’t enmeshed in a long-term relationship, you’re more free to be the guy everyone wants to hang with.
Companionship, romantic or not, is a basic human need. Business Insider quotes psychology professor William Chopik, who in a statement supporting this finding wrote that “a few really good friends around can make a world of difference for our health and well-being.” So yeah, even the company of your beer buddy isn’t bad for you.
In addition to healthy friendships, singledom is better for your health. Unattached folks work out more often, and Business Insider cites a study that indicated single people often have a lower BMI—less body fat. Being married doesn’t necessarily make you fat, but it might.
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