8 signs you’re happier being alone than being in a relationship

As a relationship expert and founder of Love Connection, I’ve come to learn a thing or two about love. And I’ve realized, sometimes being alone is just more satisfying than being in a relationship.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Relationships can be fantastic. They can bring warmth, shared joy, and a deep sense of belonging.

But for some people, solitude is where they find their bliss. It’s in these quiet moments that they truly feel alive.

There’s no shame in cherishing your alone time; it’s about understanding what brings you happiness.

I’ve identified 8 signs that might suggest you’re happier being alone than being in a relationship.

1) You relish “me” time

Solitude isn’t something to be feared for you, it’s something to be savored.

Many people dread being alone. They fill their schedules to the brim, afraid of the silence that comes with solitude. But not you.

You love the quiet moments. The ones where you can read a good book, go for a peaceful walk, or just sit and listen to your thoughts. You’re not afraid of being alone with yourself – in fact, you enjoy it.

When you’re in relationships, you often feel like these personal moments are being encroached upon. That’s not to say you don’t enjoy spending time with your significant other, but there’s something about having your space that feels so liberating.

It’s a sign that you might just be happier being alone than in a relationship. And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s about understanding where your joy comes from and embracing it.

2) Independence is your mantra

As a relationship expert, I’ve seen many people who feel stifled in relationships. They feel like they’ve lost a part of themselves, their independence.

If you find that you thrive on your independence, that you love making your own decisions without having to consider someone else’s opinion or feelings, it’s a significant sign.

You might be the kind of person who enjoys the freedom of not having to answer to anyone, the thrill of being able to decide on a whim to take a solo trip or change careers without worrying about how it affects someone else.

If you love your independence more than being in a relationship, it might just mean that you’re happier being alone. And that’s perfectly okay.

3) Relationships feel draining

In my experience, I’ve found that for some individuals, relationships can often feel draining rather than fulfilling.

If you find yourself feeling emotionally or mentally exhausted after spending time with your partner, it could be a sign that you’re happier being alone. Relationships should be about mutual support and upliftment, not constant depletion.

In my book, Breaking The Attachment: How To Overcome Codependency in Your Relationship, I delve deeper into this subject. I talk about the importance of identifying when a relationship is more of an energy drain than a source of comfort and happiness.

Sometimes, the best way to love and take care of ourselves is to step back and evaluate whether our relationships are serving us or draining us. If it’s the latter, it might be time to take a step back and revel in the joy of your own company.

If you want to check out my book, you can find it on Amazon here.

4) You’re more productive when single

This one might seem counterintuitive, but it’s something I’ve observed quite a bit. Some people find that they’re more productive and motivated when they’re not in a relationship.

Now, it’s not that being in a relationship makes you unproductive. But there’s a certain freedom and flexibility that comes with being single that can sometimes lead to increased productivity.

Being single means you have more control over your schedule. You have more time to focus on your personal goals, career, hobbies or other pursuits that are important to you. You don’t have to split your time or negotiate how you spend it.

So if you find that your productivity skyrockets when you’re single, this could be a sign that you’re happier being alone. It’s just another way of realizing that solitude can be incredibly fulfilling and rewarding.

5) You enjoy your own company

This is something I can personally relate to. There are times when I find my own company the most comforting.

If you find that you’re perfectly happy and content with your own thoughts, indulging in your hobbies, or simply taking a quiet walk, it could be a sign that you’re happier alone.

It’s not about shunning human connection or being a hermit. It’s about being comfortable with yourself, enjoying your own company, and not needing someone else to fill any perceived void.

In fact, the ability to enjoy one’s own company is a great strength. It means you’re self-sufficient and don’t rely on others for your happiness. 

6) You’re not willing to settle

This is a raw, honest truth: Some people stay in relationships because they’re afraid of being alone. They settle for less than what they truly want or deserve because they fear solitude.

But you? You’re different.

You’d rather be alone than settle for a relationship that doesn’t meet your standards. You understand your worth and you’re not willing to compromise it for the sake of being in a relationship.

Being alone doesn’t scare you. What scares you more is the idea of being with someone who doesn’t truly value or respect you.

So if you’re holding out for what truly feels right, rather than rushing into a relationship out of fear, this could be a sign that you’re happier being alone. And there’s a lot of courage and honesty in acknowledging that.

7) You value personal growth

As someone who has a passion for personal growth, I’ve found that being alone can be an incredible opportunity for self-discovery and development.

If you find that you value your personal growth more than being in a relationship, it’s a clear sign. Maybe you love the freedom to explore new interests, hobbies, or to dive deep into personal development books without any distractions.

So if you’re someone who sees solitude as an opportunity for self-improvement and personal growth, it might just mean that you’re happier being alone. 

8) You’re not afraid of loneliness

Let’s get real here. Loneliness can be tough. It can creep up on you when you least expect it, leaving you feeling empty and isolated.

But here’s the raw, honest truth: You’re not afraid of it.

You understand that loneliness is a part of life, a feeling that can visit us whether we’re in a relationship or not. You’ve learned to sit with that feeling, to understand it, and even to embrace it as a part of your human experience.

Rather than running away from loneliness or trying to fill it with a relationship that doesn’t truly satisfy you, you sit with it. You lean into it. And most importantly, you don’t let it dictate your decisions.

This strength and resilience in facing loneliness is a strong sign that you might just be happier being alone. It shows a level of emotional maturity and self-awareness that many people strive for. And honestly, that’s something to be proud of.

Final thoughts

So there you have it, 8 signs you might be happier alone than in a relationship.

And remember, there’s no right or wrong here. Whether you’re happier alone or in a relationship, what matters most is that you’re true to yourself.

If you’d like to explore this topic further, I invite you to check out my book Breaking The Attachment: How To Overcome Codependency in Your Relationship. It might just offer the insights you need to navigate your relationship journey.

Remember, your happiness lies in your own hands. Embrace it, cherish it, and never settle for less than what you deserve.

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Tina Fey

I'm Tina Fey, the founder of the blog Love Connection. I've extremely passionate about sharing relationship advice. I've studied psychology and have my Masters in marital, family, and relationship counseling. I hope with all my heart to help you improve your relationships, and I hope that even if one thing I write helps you, it means more to me than just about anything else in the world. Check out my blog Love Connection, and if you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter

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