2 Science Backed Ways to be Happy Single

Here at The Happy Single I love scientific research! When I am researching concepts for my personal life, I like to know that advice is backed up with science. Otherwise, why try it? Read on to learn two science backed ways to get happier as a single person.

 

Exercise

So much scientific research exists on the topic of exercise! An article on Psychology Today is literally titled “25 Studies Confirm: Exercise Prevents Depression.” Exercise releases endorphins that help us feel happier.

An article from Harvard Medical School http://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/exercise-and-depression-report-excerpt refers to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Essentially, 156 people were divided into 3 groups. One group took antidepressants. Another group exercised, and the third group both exercised and took antidepressants. Depression eased in all 3 groups, and at 16 weeks into the study, about 60%-70% of participants were no longer clinically depressed.

The great thing is that, as a single person, you can use exercise to be happy. It doesn’t require a romantic partner. You can do it yourself. Or, you can give yourself a bonus happiness booster by adding a platonic friend as your workout buddy.

 

Sleep

When we sleep, our brains repair themselves. Disturbed sleep causes impairment in memory consolidation. See this study.

Optogenetic Disruption of Sleep Continuity Impairs Memory Consolidation. Rolls A, Colas D, Adamantidis A, Carter M, Lanre-Amos T, Heller HC, de Lecea L. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Aug 9;108(32):13305-10.

Let’s face it! Often when we are newly single we have been involved in a traumatic event. Because the human grieving process is so painful, we often want our brains to process through the 5 stages of grief as fast as possible, right? So how can we apply sleep research to become happy singles?

My solution is get more sleep! I prefer not to go much over 12 hours. Aim for a minimum of 8. In addition to giving my brain ample time to shape up, sleep also helps me to spend less time consciously dwelling on the traumatic event.

Here’s a teaser for a future article. Dr. Caroline Leaf did some fascinating research on neuroplasticity. We know that neurons that fire together wire together. So try to purposefully think positively.

 

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