This is actually a kinda boring blog post, but it's National Single and Unmarried Americans Week, so I felt compelled to write something in my own defense. Yeah, I know; you didn't know such a week existed. Me neither, until very recently. And I'm not sure, yet, what it really means but I wouldn't mind if it somehow involved gift-giving to Singles...kinda like other "holidays" do.
Anyway, are you tired of people acting like your life is "less than" because you're not married? (Of course you are). Well, here's a little ammo for the next time you're engaged in one of these tedious conversations and want something new and different to say. A recent article in the New York Times reports that Singles actually make more of a contribution to society, their communities, and their families than married people do.
That's right. A study by the Council on Contemporary Families found that Singles are:
• More likely to take care of their parents
• More connected to their nieces and nephews
• More likely to visit their neighbors
• More likely to attend political gatherings, and are
• More active volunteers in their communities. (When married people volunteer, it's apparently more self-serving, e.g., coaching sports their kids are involved in, or being active in their own church, whereas voluntarism by Singles is more likely to focus on others, without it having a direct impact on their own lives).
Read more here