Believe it or not, couples envy single folks this time of year.
4. Comfort and joy. When no one's asleep beside you on holiday mornings, you can sleep in as late as you please. You can also enjoy holiday cheer without feeling judged by a partner who doesn't find carols or the crackling of your yule log DVD on your big screen TV as comforting as you do. If you prefer to go "bah humbug" and ignore all the holiday trappings, however, no one will force you to enjoy them just because they're "family traditions."
5. Parties and flirting. Singles can be the life of any party without making romantic partners jealous. As Carrie Bradshaw shared in TV's Sex and the City, "Being single used to mean that nobody wanted you. Now it means you're pretty sexy and you're taking your time deciding how you want your life to be and who you want to spend it with." So enjoy flirting to determine who may be worthy of spending time with you in the New Year.
As author Jo Cordert said, "You do not need to be loved, not at the cost of yourself. The single relationship that is truly central and crucial in a life is the relationship to the self. Of all the people you will know in a lifetime, you are the only one you will never lose."
So celebrate yourself at this time of year— and enjoy the freedom and flexilbility of being single as you move gratefully and gracefully into the new year!