Single People Just as Happy Alone as They Are in Relationship

The study found that participants with low avoidance goals who weren’t concerned about the ups and downs of a relationship were less happy when they were single.

Published: 22nd August 2015 02:20 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd August 2015 02:20 PM   |  A+A-

By ANI

WASHINGTON: Being single can be a perk. A new study has claimed that single people are just as happy being alone as they are in a relationship.

Lead researcher Yuthika Girme of the University of Auckland said that it was a well-documented finding that single people tend to be less happy compared to those in a relationship, but that may not be true for everyone, and added single people also could have satisfying lives.

In the study, over 4,000 New Zealand residents’ people who tried at all costs to avoid relationship disagreements and conflict were just as happy being single as other people were in relationships.

The study found that participants with low avoidance goals who weren’t concerned about the ups and downs of a relationship were less happy when they were single.

One-fifth of the participants were single at the time of the study.

Girme said that trying too hard to avoid relationship conflicts actually might create more problems, while high avoidance goals might help people be happier when they are single.

She added said having greater approach goals tends to have the best outcomes for people when they were in a relationship, but they also experienced the most hurt and pain when they were single.

The study is published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Stay up to date on all the latest Lifestyle news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp