Lust For Life

Sure, re­la­tion­ships come with spoon­ing, hand-hold­ing and some­one to go on hol­i­days with, but it’s 2016, peo­ple! For the first time ever, sin­gles are thriv­ing like never be­fore ... and we can tell you why.

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Sin­gle? You’ll have bet­ter sex, for one.

YOU CAN GO TO ICE­LAND

Or Croa­tia. Or New Zealand. Or wher­ever the hell you want. For as long as you want. Care

to spend three months learn­ing Ital­ian in Tus­cany and want to leave next week? You tell that pass­port who’s boss. Your free­dom is your great­est as­set, so use it. This re­quires funds, but you’ll have the money you saved from not buy­ing an­niver­sary/birth­day/Valen­tine’s/Christ­mas

presents for your sig­nif­i­cant other.

YOU CAN SLEEP LIKE A PRO

Is there any­thing more glo­ri­ous than hav­ing a gi­ant fluffy bed to your­self? No snor­ing, sheet ban­dits or bed bud­dies that toss like a lentil salad. Just you, a pil­low for each ear and the abil­ity to spread it like daal on a naan. Re­search has even found sleep­ing with a part­ner isn’t as rest­ful as sleep­ing solo, which means you’ll get bet­ter rest, lead­ing to boosted mem­ory and cog­ni­tive skills. Win!

YOU CAN FLIRT OUT­RA­GEOUSLY

Flirt­ing is one of life’s most sat­is­fy­ing plea­sures.

It’s some­what looked down upon when you’ve got your­self a part­ner. Well ... we all do it to some de­gree – it’s part of what makes us hu­man – but the glo­ri­ous free­dom of be­ing able to flirt

with wild aban­don with any Hemsworth looka­like shouldn’t be sneezed at. It aids the re­lease of dopamine, sero­tonin and adrenalin (AKA happy juice, sexy serum and ad­ven­ture

elixir), and it’s its own out­stand­ing re­ward.

YOU CAN AC­TU­ALLY KEEP YOUR WORD

You know when you run into an old friend on the street, and you’re all like, “Shizballs, it’s been for­ever – we should to­tally catch up prop­erly some time!” Well, you ac­tu­ally can. Un­like those peo­ple who are mar­ried with fur ba­bies or ac­tual ba­bies and spend what lit­tle free time they have clean­ing var­i­ous urines off the floor. Many stud­ies show cou­pled-up peeps are less at­ten­tive to friends and fam­ily. Ba­si­cally, you’ll be a ten­fold bet­ter friend when you’re fly­ing solo.

YOU CAN DO YOU

Not only do you have plenty of time to do ‘you’ in the bed­room (mhmm), it also means more time to work on the em­pire of you. Sus­tain­ing a healthy re­la­tion­ship takes se­ri­ous el­bow grease – grease that you can use to slide to­wards a more

ful­fill­ing ca­reer. In fact, if you’re in the mar­ket for a new job, you’re ac­tu­ally more likely to score the role thanks to your sin­gle sta­tus. Once there,

you’re also less likely to put up with BS from your SO like long hours and over­time. #girl­boss

YOU WILL HAVE BET­TER SEX

There may be less bump and grind on the reg­u­lar, but the nookie that you do have will be bet­ter. Sta­tis­tics show that while sin­gles have about half the amount of sex as those in a com­mit­ted LTR, they’re hav­ing a sweeter time thanks to oo­dles of sex hor­mones fly­ing around when you’re sleep­ing with some­one new. And even if you’re not, you may hook up with some­one fresh and ex­it­ing in the near-ish fu­ture. We all know the an­tic­i­pa­tion is half the fun.

YOU CAN LEARN HOW TO KEEP BEES

… or any other crazy-ass hobby you can think of. Be­cause, why not? In a UK sur­vey, 30 per cent of cou­ples ad­mit­ted “watch­ing tele­vi­sion” is the main thing they do to­gether (not ex­actly ‘Netflix and chill ’), with an­other 20 per cent re­veal­ing “eat­ing out at restau­rants” was also a ma­jor bond­ing ac­tiv­ity. Right, imag­i­na­tive stuff, guys.

YOU WILL HAVE MORE TIME

Do you know how much time cou­ples spend tex­ting crap to each other? Too much time per week. And anx­i­ety can hit when the ob­ject of your af­fec­tion isn’t in con­stant com­mu­ni­ca­tion. But when you’re sin­gle, those hours are yours. Want to watch Amy Schumer clips on YouTube for 5.4 hours in a row? Go for it.

YOU CAN EAT ALL THE THINGS

You can eat three burg­ers and a Diet Coke for din­ner and no one will judge you. And get this – one study even claims you’re still go­ing to be thin­ner than your smug cou­ple coun­ter­part. The re­search showed 62 per cent of us gain weight

af­ter com­mit­ting to a se­ri­ous re­la­tion­ship. Cud­dles are nice and all, but they don’t burn nearly as many kilo­joules as drag­ging home a

late-night McD’s feed af­ter hit­ting the tiles.

YOU’RE PART OF SO­CIAL CHANGE

For the first time, sin­gle peo­ple now out­num­ber mar­ried peo­ple in sev­eral parts of the world. And those num­bers con­tinue to climb a metaphor­i­cal Mount Everest as peo­ple be­come in­creas­ingly un­will­ing to set­tle for sub­par any­thing. It’s caus­ing a huge trickle-down ef­fect, too, with the way that life­styles are chang­ing. So, if you’re sin­gle at the mo­ment, you’re part of the big­gest so­cial change to hap­pen this mil­len­nium so far.

Sweet, I can just jump on the next plane!

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