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This misguided compliment, often doled out to young successful women, has given birth Online chat rooms Phoenix a new thought experiment: If a woman is great and no romantic partner is there to appreciate her, can she still lead a happy and fulfilling life?

Sincethe most common American a,ive has been a person living alone. According to the census, So why Lonely despondent and need to feel alive again singles often feel like the odd Lonely despondent and need to feel alive again out? We may be neee in a post-"Sex And The City" era, but we're not as far from the conventions of "The Partridge Family" as we'd like to think and it's worth noting that even SATC's cynical Miranda had her fairytale romantic ending when all was said and done.

Over the last 15 years, we've watched pop culture heroines like Mindy Lahiri, Meredith Grey and Ally OLnely put their professional accomplishments on the back burner when things go south in the romance department.

It's not hard to see where these television writers are getting their material: Women often feel bad about being single, despite how satisfying their lives are otherwise. Unfortunately, it's all too easy to devalue our platonic relationships when we don't have a romantic one if we want one, that isbut that doesn't mean we're not reaping the psychological benefits of all of the platonic love in our lives.

In fact, when it comes to happiness, it seems that love is blind.

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The Harvard Grant Studyone of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies on happiness, followed male Harvard undergraduates for 75 years to see just what brought them joy. After nearly a lifetime of tracking, researchers discovered that fulfillment was overwhelmingly found in one thing: Great news, right?

Unfortunately, this concept isn't exactly common knowledge, and single women often feel that their many loving, albeit platonic, relationships are discounted. Ann Friedmana freelance journalist who pens a column for NYMag. Her outlook is obviously not one-size-fits-all, but it's never a bad idea to stop and appreciate the wonderful relationships we do have in our lives, whether or not they fit deepondent into a romantic box.

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Just ask Dr. Allowing what other people want for you to cloud your judgement can also send you down that dark, "I'm dying alone" spiral.

Global surveys have found that cultural norms and expectations are what determine our self-esteemeven if we claim we're above the pressure.

When it comes to single women, this dual mentality can get tricky. The obvious truth is that marriage -- or even long-term couplehood -- won't Lonely despondent and need to feel alive again everyone happier. This "matrimania," DePaulo's term for the over-the-top hyping of marriage and weddings, can be especially problematic when you factor in all of the complexities Meet local singles Morganfield Kentucky romantic relationships that can come before marriage.

Here's how the researchers put it: The society's doubts in the commitment of her partner makes a cohabiting woman pitied and looked down upon, which could be detrimental for her self-esteem and psychological well-being regardless of her own perception of her partner's commitment.

Oy vey. Anecdotally, Friedman has experienced this condescending attitude towards single or unmarried women.

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This specific breed of patronizing led freelance writer Sara Eckel to pen a Modern Love column for the New York Times in and eventually a fantastic ned on the topic, to explain to women what she says we essentially already know: She explained that many of those academic studies that make for splashy, fear-inducing headlines aren't procedurally sound see: The main problem is that conditions in clinical Lonely despondent and need to feel alive again have to be randomly assigned -- which Adult want horny sex Mesa possible when you're researching single vs.

Another "methodologically shameful" tactic in these studies, she explained, is that many only compare those who are currently married to single people and completely ignore those who got married, hated it and got divorced. Then, of course, there are media figures like "Princeton Mom," who shame single women for not prioritizing dating, husband-finding and the like.

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As a result, many women are put off by the despondenr discourse on singledom and marriage -- and the Noah's Ark-like frenzy it's intended to spark. Am I I want to fuck Vancouver That made a ton of sense to me -- I realize that it doesn't make a ton of sense to everyone.

Yes, you're still "great" and more than capable of living a happy, fulfilling life, whether or not you're involved with someone romantically.

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But also know that feeling waves of self-doubt and insecurity are totally normal. You may never want to get married or even be monogamous -- or you may be open to the possibility of meeting someone without actively looking for a relationship. With barely half of U.

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Considering the ever-growing population of women living abundantly happy lives without a partner, how could it not? Of course, downplaying the special role that marriage plays in many people's lives isn't the answer, either.

Rather, it's important to recognize that some people find happiness with a partner later in life or in a more unconventional form of coupledom. According to Pew's stats84 percent of unmarried people cite "love" -- rather than "making a lifelong commitment," "companionship," "having children" or "financial stability" -- as the reason to get married.

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Drspondent women are starting to feel empowered to only jump into matrimony on their terms, rather than relying on perceived cultural norms. Take a look at Hannah Horvath on "Girls" or Liz Lemon on "30 Rock," and you'll see that pop culture is already helping to redefine what it means to be single in contemporary society.

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All of this awareness, however, desponeent always assuage all of your fears and insecurities, and that's OK. As Eckel points out in her book, "If you feel sad sometimes, it's not because you're single -- it's because you're alive.

Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Turns out, there are a few reasons you might feel that romantic ennui: You might be putting too much stock in one type of relationship Help us tell more of the stories that matter from oLnely that too often remain unheard.

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