The next time you're at dinner with all your married friends and they say, "Susan, when are you going to settle down and get mar
Tell them you don't mind being single thanks for asking because being unattached has its own set of health benefits. Here's the scoop from Marie Claire magazine.
- The first health benefit of singlehood, you're less likely to pack on the pounds. A recent study at Cornell University found that singles gained less weight over 10 years than married couples did. So how much of a difference does a wedding ring make? In the first two years of marriage, the average woman puts on 8 pounds and the scale goes up even higher if the woman in unhappily married. Try 54 pounds in the first 10 years of unhappily ever after.
- Another benefit of being single? You get better sleep. According to Dr. James Maas, sleep expert and author of the book "Power Sleep", 60% of unmarried people get seven or more hours of sleep a night. And that sleep is essential for restoring your mind and body. Only 23% of married people get that much sleep. And more sleep makes you smarter and safer. It boosts your memory, your mood, your concentration and it decreases your chance of traffic accidents. Another comeback when your smug married friends say "Poor, single Susan. Alone again on Saturday night" tell them
- Single women are happier. They have lower rates of depression than married woman do. One big reason: Staying single lets you retain control over the television remote, the living room decor, and every aspect of your life.
- Married women spend 14 more hours a week doing housework than single women. That's according to the Journal of Social Behavior. Not surprisingly, being married reduced housework for men. But the study suggests that those extra hours with the vacuum leave married women angry, anxious and depressed. Meanwhile, you single ladies have 14 extra hours a week to enrich your body, mind and spirit.