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7 reasons why it's great to be single

For most people, being in a relationship is a must-have item on the happiness list. But, as difficult as it might sometimes be, there's a lot to be said for being single. If you're on the singles train, grab the opportunity to invest in yourself and broaden your horizons. Here are seven reasons why it's great to be single.

1. You have all that free time
Your time is your own. You don't have to be somewhere because someone else is. You can do whatever you like without having to consult with anyone.  

Make it work for you: Hang out at the mall, spend an hour in a bookshop or work late just to get the job done. Do it all at a pace that suits you.

2. You can do it your own way
Life with a partner is about compromise. Any coupled person will be able to tell you the one thing about their partner that drives them insane and it's usually something small like not screwing on the toothpaste lid. When you're single, you can run your life and your household the way that you want to without having to accommodate anyone else.

Make it work for you: Buy some gorgeous new bedding and organise your bedroom just the way you like it.

3. You can go a bit wild
Almost everyone settles down and leaves their jolling behind them as they get older, and being part of a couple speeds up this process. Why go out when you can stay in and cuddle? But when single-you has the choice between being alone at home or painting the town red, red's going to win every time.

Make it work for you: Put on your dancing shoes, grab a bottle of champagne and call a taxi!

4. You can catch up with your friends
Even if you made a lot of time for your friends when you were in a relationship, when you're single your partner isn't making any demands on your time. You can stay out all night with your mates on Friday and then hook up with them again on Saturday afternoon.

Make it work for you: Call your friends and make plans for a spa day or a weekend away.

5. You can do that thing you've always meant to
Whether you wanted to start a dance class, travel to India or learn French, it's always tougher to take on a new hobby or responsibility when there's someone else to spend time with. Use your single time to learn new things and keep yourself busy.

Make it work for you: Sign up for a course, buy a new yoga outfit and use it or start saving up for a round-the-world ticket.

6. You can date
The nice thing about being newly single is that you can avoid the constraints of long-term commitment by dating casually. Online dating offers you a wealth of people to meet and you can stipulate the terms of your encounter. Obviously, it's important to be safe, so always let a friend know where you're going and who you're with if you're meeting a stranger.

Make it work for you: Create an irresistible online profile and set up your first coffee date for this weekend.

7. You'll learn a lot about yourself
When you spend all that time alone with yourself, you get in touch with who you really are. You can fine tune your likes and dislikes, confront your faults and learn to love yourself.

Make it work for you: While it's good to keep busy, try to schedule in some quiet me time and spend it in your own company, doing things you love. 

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