Recent statistics have me believing that love is at risk. Not only is the marriage rate declining, but the birth rate is also falling at an alarming pace. It's a serious problem not only for those living now, but for the next generation.
During the summer before my senior year of college, I rented a teeny, tiny one-room student apartment near my university's campus. My summer alone was wonderful and refreshing in every way. But more importantly, it helped to prepare me for marriage.
Living alone could be harmful to your health – in fact it could lead to you dying sooner than you would if you were in a relationship. That’s the shock finding of FindYourPlusOne.com's dating site technology provider, Atwood Technology, which has just completed an investigation into marriage, divorce, living alone and mortality. The dating site also investigated whether more Canadians were living alone than their American counterparts and how divorce rates in the United States compared with those of Canada.
The word love itself has a variety of meanings and interpretations, making it very difficult for many to describe. The health benefits of love, however, are easy to identity and much more obvious. In this article, I would like to focus on the positive health benefits of love in a healthy, loving situation.
Wise parents understand the importance of giving their children both roots and wings. Children must learn to stand on their own two feet, to trust their own judgment, to pick up the pieces when they make mistakes and to chart the life course that makes sense to them. However, experience in my own life and my practice along with recent research says that living alone can actually cause depression.
I have written before about how much I enjoy living alone. I got my own apartment shortly after my fiancé and I broke up; though I did very much enjoy cohabiting with him — having roommates in college and in my first years in NYC, not so much — I quickly discovered that living alone was so much better.
I am so tired of being without a significant other. Divorced for 3 years and still not in a relationship. I really really want someone but I REFUSE to be unhappy in a relationship. The only men I seem to attract are youngsters- college age, or oldsters-social security or disabled. Where are the responsible men between 40 and 5?? I dread the upcoming holidays. After everyone leaves or goes to be with their significant others, I feel so alone and lonely. I don't mind being alone sometimes, but damn...........
With 11 days left until my wedding, the final countdown is in effect. Among the dozens of little things left on my to-do list, I've been thinking a lot about the things crossed off my to-do list long before I met my husband to-be—things that have made me a well-rounded, experienced woman ready for a lifetime commitment to another person. After the jump, 20 things every woman should cross off her list before getting married.
"It's a little strange here," I wrote in my journal on the first night alone in my new apartment. It was a small concession, wedged between a list of to-do's ("paint my walls," "need lamps…better linen…a new comforter") and things done ("unpacked," "straightened up my files"). The overall sentiment about my new world order? "It is a fairly good feeling."
After cohabitating with three different men, the author declares her right to live alone despite society's pressure to move in. "Ever since I was a small child, I've wondered why people should have to live together. It's wonderful when you want to be together, mind you, but what about when you don't? Doesn't it make more sense to have the option, either way? Sometimes I spend a few days at my boyfriend's house. It is always difficult to leave. It is also always great to come home—at once comforting, liberating, exciting, even. What adventures await me here, in my own place, in the soft white whispers of my own private sanctuary, between my pen and my notebooks and me? There are days I scarcely leave my desk. I don't have to. I don't want to. And that's the end of it.