Single & Happy? 4 Opportunities to Find Contentment in Solo Living

By Dominica


Last Updated: February 22, 2023

Navigating life single can be a challenging journey at times. For some, being single can feel quite lonely. However, living independently also presents unique opportunities to discover yourself, embrace self-care, and build meaningful relationships with others. 

In this blog post, we will explore how to find contentment in solo living and celebrate the benefits of being single.

We will discuss strategies for overcoming loneliness, advice for embracing self-care, and tips for building meaningful relationships with others. 



Exploring the Benefits of Solo Living

Living independently offers many opportunities to discover yourself, embrace self-care and build meaningful relationships with others.

For example, when you are single, you can spend more time focusing on yourself and your own interests. You can try new things without worrying about another person's opinion. 

You also have more freedom to explore different aspects of your personality, without feeling pressured to conform to someone else's expectations. Additionally, you can prioritize self-care by taking time out for yourself and engaging in activities that make you feel fulfilled and happy. 

In terms of relationships, being single gives you the chance to build deep connections with other people.

You can focus on building meaningful friendships and relationships without the pressure of a romantic partnership. This can help you to develop strong supportive networks and cultivate real connections with those around you. 

By exploring the benefits of solo living, you can learn to appreciate life without a partner and find contentment being single. 



4 Opportunities That Come From Being Single 

1. Discovering Yourself

When you are single, you have the opportunity to discover yourself on a whole new level.

  • Take some time to reflect on who you are and what makes you unique.
  • Take time to try out all sorts of new things.

This could include anything from experimenting with a new look or style, to trying out new hobbies or interests. 

Engage in activities that make you feel fulfilled and happy. Spend time developing your own passions and interests, so that you can form a strong sense of self-identity. Additionally, make sure to give yourself adequate time for rest and relaxation. 

By discovering yourself, you can build self-confidence and appreciation for who you are as a person.

With this newfound knowledge, you can embark on the journey of singlehood with a sense of purpose and direction. 


2. Embracing Self-Care 

One of the key benefits of solo living is that you can prioritize self-care.

Take some time to focus on your own wellbeing and practice healthy habits such as:

  • getting enough sleep
  • eating nutritious meals
  • exercising regularly

Spend some time each day doing activities that make you mentally and physically feel good. 

Again, make sure to set time aside for yourself and do things that bring you joy. It’s easy to get complacent and just sit home every night binge watching television shows, but this won’t really serve you well.

So, make a list of things that bring you happy feelings and take time to do them regularly.

This could be anything from:

  • reading a book
  • listening to music
  • dancing
  • having tea with a friend
  • hiking
  • singing
  • traveling
  • taking your dog for a walk

Additionally, practice self-compassion by being kind and understanding towards yourself. Talk to yourself as though you would talk to a friend or loved one. 

Self-care is an important part of being single – it allows you to take a break from the pressures of life and focus on yourself. By embracing self-care, you can find contentment in your solo living journey and enjoy the freedom that comes with singlehood. 


3. Building Meaningful Relationships 

Although solo living can be a fulfilling lifestyle, it is important to remember that you don't have to do it alone.

Reach out to family and friends and build meaningful relationships with those around you. Spend quality time with your loved ones and connect with them through conversation and shared experiences. 

In addition, look for new friends and connections outside of your existing social circles. Join clubs or organizations related to interests you hold dear or try out online platforms that connect people with similar hobbies.

Meeting new people can help expand your horizons and provide an enriching experience. 


4. Overcoming Loneliness in Singlehood 

Sometimes, despite the freedom of singlehood, loneliness can creep in. This is normal and to be expected - it doesn't mean that you are failing as a single person. Instead, it is important to remember that loneliness can be overcome. 

Practice self-compassion – remind yourself that loneliness is a natural emotion and that you are not alone in feeling this way. Reach out to friends or family members for support, whether it’s an emotional conversation or just some company.

Additionally, don’t forget to try out new hobbies or activities to help keep your mind occupied and distract yourself from the loneliness. 

Being single can be a rewarding experience, but it is important to remember that you have the power to turn loneliness into contentment. With time and effort, loneliness can be overcome – allowing you to embrace your freedom and find joy in singlehood. 



Celebrating the Freedom of Being Single

The most important part of singlehood is to celebrate your freedom and the opportunities that come with it. Appreciate all that you have and the successes you have achieved. 

Set boundaries with those around you, so that your needs are respected, and your alone time is valued. Practice positive thinking by reminding yourself of all the good in life – focus on what makes you happy and strive for that feeling. 

Lastly, know that being single is not a bad thing and it doesn’t mean you’ve somehow failed in relationships. It’s simply a season of your life and it’s alright. Know that some people choose to be single for the rest of their lives and they’re not ashamed of their decision. 

So regardless of whether being single is your choice for a short or long season, accept that it’s your choice and it’s fine. It’s what you make of it. Do your best to enjoy your solo journey and appreciate the freedom that comes with it.

Be mindful of the opportunity singlehood presents and explore all the possibilities life has to offer. Celebrate yourself for taking on this challenge and embrace it as best as you can. 

Photo by Brett Sayles


9 comments on “Single & Happy? 4 Opportunities to Find Contentment in Solo Living”

  1. i have conditions to get alone stay a time every day,in that times,i read book and do work,and my health condition and eating habits have no big problem to support my hard work,so i am optimistic for the future in comming 10 years.thanks for the motivation you send to me every day.thank you.

    1. Thank you Xianmin, that's great to hear! It sounds like you have a good system set up to take care of yourself, that's really inspiring :). Thank you for the support!

  2. Thanks so much for the motivational message concentrating on solo living. It really speaks to me and some of the sleepless nights and lonely experiences I have endured. I’m so glad to receive such inspirational positive information with the motivational messages sent to me daily.

    1. We're so happy you got something from it Mae. We always love to hear from you, hope you are taking care of yourself 🙂

    1. Many of us have felt that way Susan, you're right. Anyone can feel lonely for a myriad of reasons. Just because someone is surrounded by people or in a relationship doesn't mean they are happy or feel connected. This is another good reason to invest in yourself first. Some people feel that if you love and enjoy spending time alone, it's harder to feel lonely, because you're less likely to need all of your emotional support from others. 🙂

  3. Someone found out the other day that I am single and commented that I seem really happy. You can experience a lot of joy without a partner. Joy comes from inside. I have a relationship with my creator and His son, Jesus. I have a job that I always dreamed of that doesn't pay as much as the job I retired from, but with people I really enjoy partnering with. I do things outside my job that I enjoy doing. Sometimes it is just sitting by myself in nice weather looking at all of the wonderful things that were created for our pleasure. I enjoy my horse who is older (not rideable) just watching her graze or run or walk or stand by the chicken coop (no chickens anymore). She still enjoys standing there though. Learning to enjoy the little things in life, makes everyday more enjoyable. Thanks for your motivational messages.

    1. Thank you for this inspiring message Glenda! Very well said, it sounds like you have made quite a wonderful life for yourself! When you can enjoy spending time alone, or doing the things you love, it can change your whole perspective on the world. For some reason, people think you can't be happy if you are not in a relationship, and that's just not true. Hearing your story will give a lot of people courage to find satisfaction doing what they alone want to do, regardless of being single or not. Thank you for sharing!

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