December 3, 2006 7:37am CST
HOw to be a single in a couple world? For me indulge your desire: When you're single, you can live life on your own terms. Meaning: You can move to a new city to advance your career or jet off to Palau for a week without having to take someone else's wants or needs into account. "Single women have more freedom, often see more of their friends, and have more opportunities to do what they want," says Bella DePaulo, PhD, a social psychologist who studies singles and their place in society. You also have the time to pursue interests you may have put on the back burner when you had a beau. Let's be honest: It's hard to squeeze in me-time when you've got a man. So take advantage of this free period to travel, take a new class, or get on a self-improvement kick. Between her full-time job and her full-time relationship, Lara, 28, never had time for herself. "When Jake and I broke up, I threw myself back into yoga. I started going four days a week, including a Sunday morning class that replaced my usual brunch with the boyfriend. I'm not only more relaxed and confident, but I'm in the best shape of my life."