Dating can be fun at times. Think about it – meeting new people, going out to new places, feeling the excitement of a potential new relationship. But honestly, do you really enjoy it? Do you like the stress of figuring out where to go, how to dress, and what to talk about? Do you have fun while you’re struggling to make it through dinner without climbing out the bathroom window? Do you laugh while waiting for the second date call? Exactly. It’s just not fun after a certain point. But don’t feel like you’re settling down when you find that special someone. Relationships don’t have to be boring! In fact, being in a relationship makes your life better and healthier! Here are just a few reasons why:
You act less selfishly – How many times have you been too tired to cook dinner for yourself? I’m raising my hand. But knowing my partner also had a long day lights a fire inside of me, and I’m willing to go above and beyond just to make them feel good. Being in a relationship makes you think about someone other than yourself ‒ which isn’t limited to just your partner! Considering the feelings of one person in particular leads you to think about the feelings of others in general ‒ which is a benefit for you and everyone around you!
Your risk of depression is reduced – One of the major starting points of depression is feeling alone. When you’re with your partner, you’re not alone! Just knowing you have someone there for you makes you feel happier. You have someone to talk to, someone to cuddle with, someone for the good times and the bad.
Your world is expanded – Being in a relationship means you get to hear about your partner’s interests. You’ll be exposed to new authors, musicians, and movies ‒ and you’ll already know they’re good! You get to meet new friends to talk and hang out with, and you’ll meet their family and hopefully become close with them (or at least realize yours isn’t that bad!).