A recent poll showed that the number of people wanting to marry is falling in return for a rise in divorces. Women seem to have found a positive side in their survival.
According to ABC News, a study in Women's Health magazine - involving more than 80,000 women - showed an improvement in women's health after their divorce! Signs of improved health included: weight loss, waist measurement, better athletic activity and even healthier and more stable eating habits.
Another study indicated that single women are happier than their male counterparts. Of the 3,500 respondents, 76% of women are happy to be single, compared with 67% of men who are also happy to be single.
Emma Dignon, 22, of Adelaide, says she learned not to associate her happiness with a man, adding that in a previous relationship that made her partner the center of her life, offering her psychological pressure and leading to loss of "herself" as she put it.
Natasha Dwyer, 39, says she spent the past three years alone, discovering that her many past experiences were not motivated by her wishes but were in keeping with a common pattern in society. Natasha adds that she is happy alone and will not enter into a new relationship unless she meets the right person.
If we look at experts' views on happiness and their relationship to celibacy and marriage, Dr. Fiona Barlow of the University of Queensland's psychology department says there is evidence that a single woman may feel happy, especially if she chooses to do so. As for the reasons for the high rate of single women's happiness compared to their male counterparts, Dr. Barlow says this is because men outnumber men in the skill of building social relationships.
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