9 signs you’re truly happy in life, even if you’re still single

Let’s face it: there’s a fine line between being alone and being lonely. Unfortunately, it’s a truth lost on many. 

As society often raises an eyebrow at those navigating the solo lanes, we’re here to flip the script. Brace yourself for a revelation: happiness isn’t found at the end of a relationship status update; it’s an inside job. So, how do you know if you’re truly happy in life even when you’re still single, or if you’re just drifting along because you have no choice.  

To answer your question, I’ve listed out 9 telltale signs that you’re not just navigating life solo – you’re absolutely rocking it. 

Without much further ado, let’s jump in.

1) You cherish your freedom

The equation is simple: single equals freedom, and if you find yourself savoring this liberation like it’s the last slice of pizza, congratulations, my friend – you’re not just riding solo. You’re joyously leading a one-person show.  

Who needs a relationship status when you’ve got the freedom to decide your pizza toppings, your social schedule, and your bedtime routine  – without negotiations? Being able to do everything on your own terms is a privilege to die for. 

As a single adult, if you enjoy the spontaneity that comes with unfettered independence while the idea of commitment and compromise make you cringe, then you’re positively on your track to the freeway of single bliss. 

2) You’re content with your own company

I always say, if you can’t enjoy your own company, how can you expect someone else to?

As a single person, I’ve had ample time to get acquainted with myself. I remember one Saturday evening specifically. I had no plans, no obligations and it was just me, a good book, and my favorite home-cooked meal.

At first, the silence seemed deafening. But as the evening progressed, I realized that I was genuinely enjoying my own company. The peace, the calmness, and most importantly, the realization that I could be alone without feeling lonely was liberating.

This is not to say that I don’t enjoy being around other people or that I wouldn’t love to have a partner someday. It simply means that I am content with who I am and I’m not dependent on others for my happiness.

If you, like me, have learned to appreciate your own company and enjoy moments of solitude, then it’s a clear sign that you are truly enjoying your singlehood. 

3) You maintain strong relationships

Being single doesn’t mean you’re isolated. In fact, research shows that single people are often more connected to family and friends than their married counterparts.

You see, being happy in life extends beyond your relationship status. It’s about the quality of your connections with others around you.

If you have a network of supportive friends and family members, and you actively nurture these relationships, it’s a sign that you’re truly content. You understand the importance of maintaining strong bonds and you take the time to invest in them.

Having meaningful relationships plays a crucial role in our overall happiness. So if you’re single and have a solid support system around you, it’s a clear sign that you’re genuinely happy in life.

4) You’re focused on personal growth

Ever wondered why the happiest single people you’ve met are usually very successful? Could it be that, in the absence of a ball and chain, these soloists find more time and energy for their personal growth?

It’s that simple: When you’re single, you have more time and space to explore and understand yourself better. This period of self-discovery can lead to a deeper understanding of personal values, goals, and interests.

Also, single people enjoy this one privilege that married individuals can only wish for: autonomy. 

This means single souls can make decisions independently without considering their partner’s preferences or needs. They can invest in themselves and pursue their goals without compromise. A sense of self-reliance and accomplishments in their professional realm can contribute to their happiness in ways that a relationship cannot (especially if they’re fiercely independent women.)

So, if you find yourself making significant progress in your emotional and spiritual life while embracing singlehood, that simply means you’re having the time of your life

5) You’re not seeking validation from others

Look at it this way: Seeking external validation is to put your self-worth and right to happiness in other people’s hands. Only those who’re living their best lives can manage to ignore other people’s opinions.   

Do you know that many marriages ended up in failure just because people got married out of social pressure? 

Society sometimes imposes expectations on people to follow a specific life path, including finding a partner. Marriage, in many cultures, is considered a non-negotiable part of family life.

Those who happily embrace singlehood have likely overcome societal pressure, choosing to define their happiness on their own terms rather than conforming to the norms. They understand the importance of individual choices and choose to embrace the diversity in their personal aspirations. 

If you’re one of those people – clap your hands for yourself! That means you’re as happy as a dog with two tails. 

6) You embrace your journey, with all its ups and downs

Life is a journey, filled with highs and lows. And being truly happy doesn’t mean that everything in your life is perfect. It means you’ve made peace with the imperfections.

You’ve come to realize that life isn’t always easy, but it’s the challenges that shape you, mold you, and make you stronger. You don’t shy away from hardships; instead, you face them head-on and come out the other side wiser and more resilient.

This acceptance and appreciation of your life’s journey, even with its imperfections, is a heartfelt sign that you’re genuinely happy in life, even if you’re still single.

7) You’re not afraid to love

Some people equate being single with being afraid of love or commitment. But that’s far from the truth.

I’ve been single for a while now, and it’s not because I’m afraid to fall in love. It’s because I want to fall in love for the right reasons, with the right person, at the right time.

Being single doesn’t mean you’ve closed your heart. It simply implies you understand the importance of giving and receiving love genuinely, not out of societal pressure or fear of loneliness.

You’re open to love and you’re ready for it whenever it comes along. But until then, you’re happy with your life as it is.

If this resonates with you, it’s an undeniable sign that you’re truly happy with your single life

8) You have goals and dreams beyond finding a partner

If you’re single and genuinely happy, chances are, you have goals and dreams that extend beyond finding a partner. You’re no longer obsessed with the idea of having a relationship. And what you’re not obsessed with – you cannot be unhappy about. 

Here’s how you can tell.

You’re ambitious and driven, with a clear vision of what you want to achieve in life. This could be anything from advancing in your career, traveling the world, starting your own business, or mastering a new skill.

Having a relationship can be a wonderful addition to life but it isn’t your only goal. It’s like you’re already clad in Gucci from head to toe, and a partner is just like a few spritz of Chanel on your wrists to spice up your expression of individuality. No more than an accessory, if you will. 

9) You choose happiness every day

The truth is, being happy is a choice. And if you’re single and truly happy, it means you consciously choose happiness every day.

You wake up each morning and decide to embrace the day with positivity and optimism. You understand that external circumstances and people cannot dictate your happiness. It comes from within.

Choosing to be happy despite being single doesn’t mean you’re in denial or that you’re ignoring the desire for companionship. It means you’ve made peace with your present situation while being open to whatever the future holds.

Therefore, if you find yourself opting for happiness each day, it’s a clear sign that you’re genuinely happy in life, even if you’re still single.

Final thoughts: Happiness is an inside job

At the end of the day, the secret to genuine happiness lies within us, not in our relationship status.

The philosopher Epictetus once said, “We are disturbed not by what happens to us, but by our thoughts about what happens.” In other words, our perspective shapes our reality.

This sentiment rings particularly true when it comes to finding happiness while being single. It’s not about avoiding loneliness or filling a void but about embracing the opportunity to discover your strengths, nurture your passions, and grow as an individual.

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