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Description

If you are single, live within your means. Avoid spending more than you have or getting into debt. Save you money to build a buffer against troubled times that may appear ahead.

Build psychological resources such as confidence, resilience and persistence. Build internal power to be able to handle the problems and tragedies that the world may throw at you.

It can also help to ensure you have a good social network, but your friends will not prop you up for ever, so you still need to be able to give others as much as they give you.

If you are married, then self-sufficiency may still be a good idea but is nowhere near as important as it is for single people.

Discussion

Married people have one another. Their constant living together gives reciprocal and constant support. If one is down then the other can prop them up. If one is out of work, the other can pay the bills.

Single people do not have as much commitment to their relationships, even if they have good friends. You also know that if your friends are supporting you then you are building a social debt to them, which is not likely to make you happy.

Being single is not that bad. Bookwala and Fekete (2009) found that single people who have sufficient psychological resources compensate for the social and support benefits of being married. Single people with lower personal mastery and self sufficiency also hence scored lower on happiness. Older people in particular had greater self-sufficiency.

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Bookwala, J. and Fekete, E. (2009). The role of psychological resources in the affective well-being of never-married adults, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 26, 4, 411-428

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