If you think you’re the only lonely single out there, you’re mistaken. Loneliness is one of the most common emotions shared by singles, especially following a break up. As a single person, you may feel hollow inside – exposed, empty and vulnerable. At times, these feelings can be minor and at other times, very intense, gut-wrenching pain that won’t go away. These feelings of loneliness may not only bring you great stress, they can also isolate you from others and keep you from opening yourself to the possibility of new relationships. You may also lament about being single, thinking it sucks to not have someone to share your life with. It’s hard going through life missing that physical and mental connection. You may look at other couples enviously and wish that you were walking in their shoes. But the truth, being single is great and it comes with many benefits that often go overlooked. The next time you’re feeling down about being single, remember there are things you can look forward to and things you can be thankful for. Here are six reasons why being single is better than a relationship.