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Single This Thanksgiving? 3 Reasons to be Grateful!


Think having gratitude for being single is a contradiction in terms? Think again!


Showing up solo for Thanksgiving dinner can be a bit of a drag—especially if family members heap on helpings of "single shaming" along with the turkey and stuffing. But actually, singles have plenty to be grateful for! Read on to learn three important reasons to be thankful for your single status.


  1. You're strong: It's a jungle out there! The dating game takes courage and pluck and if you've been single for any portion of your adult life, you've experienced more than your fair share of heartbreak, frustration, and single shaming. But Nietzsche and Kelly Clarkson are right—what doesn't kill you makes you stronger! So this Thanksgiving, be grateful for the strength and independence you've gained during your years flying solo.

  2. You're not stuck in a dead-end relationship: Yes, you're alone this Thanksgiving, but at least you're not stuck in a bad relationship wishing you were single. Frankly, many people are in this exact situation—they're with someone and would prefer not to be. Singles have every reason to be grateful because the future is bright. The sky's the limit and you could meet The One at any time. So when you start feeling a little lonely, be thankful you're not feeling lonely in a relationship!

  3. You refuse to settle: Talk to anyone who's been divorced and you'll often hear comments like, "I guess we got married because it seemed like the next step" or "We'd been dating so long, I figured she'd 'earned' it" or even, "I always knew something was 'off' but I ignored my instincts and married him anyway." Oftentimes relationships are doomed from the beginning because the partners settled—maybe without even realizing it! Give yourself props for holding out for something truly spectacular!


This Thanksgiving, count your blessings and be thankful for the strength and perseverance you've gained as you tackle adulthood sans a partner. Stay true to yourself and never settle!


Because it's great to be in a relationship, but only if it's a great relationship!

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