Living alone is often far from lonely

“People who feel sorry for those who live alone have forgotten how enriching solitude is,” says social scientist Bella DePaulo.

As the month of love draws to a close, I thought this would be a good time to speak out on behalf of the 36 million singles out there who make up households of one. Many want to share this message: Don’t feel sorry for us. We’re happy living on our own, thank you very much.

Though we cohabitating and married types tend to want others to couple up, the fact is many singles don’t want to. “We are living our best, most authentic lives,” said Bella DePaulo, a social scientist based in Santa Barbara, Calif., and author of “How We Live Now: Redefining Home and Family in the 21st Century,” (Atria Books). In fact, for many, having a place all their own is a hard-won blessing. “They feel fortunate and free.”

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