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Women Who Live Alone Are More Likely To Succeed At Work, Study Finds

Women Who Live Alone Are More Likely To Succeed At Work, Study Finds

With the myriad types of dating websites and dating mobile applications available, there is some stigma attached to being a single female these days, especially for those who are in their mid-twenties and older. However, being single – or at least living independently – has far more benefits than society is letting on. In fact, a recent study has proven that young women living alone are more likely to earn more money, have professional jobs, and have more education than those who live with other people.

All the single ladies out there: Rejoice! All the women living alone: Raise your wallets! Women who live alone are more likely to be successful — keep reading to find out why.

Why Women Are Living Independently

Women are far more likely than men (54% versus  46%, as of 2013) to live independently, and older adults are even more likely to do so than the younger generation of women. There are numerous reasons for this.

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  • For one, women live an average of six years longer than men do. As a result, if they maintain good health, they can care for themselves well into their 80s and 90s.
  • They can afford to. Women buy twice as many homes as men do.
  • They cherish their individualism. This individualism is not always easy to maintain when living with roommates or a significant other.
  • There are far more options available than there were just a few years ago. Today, women are able to pursue their goals first. There is simply less of need for women to cohabitate in today’s society.

Women Living Alone Are More Successful

Women living alone are more likely to be successful than both their male counterparts and fellow women who choose to live with others.

According to recent studies, 45% of women living independently had completed tertiary education (compared to just 26% of men). Women living alone were also more likely to have an established and successful career. In fact, 38% of women residing independently had a professional job. This is 10% more than women who lived with others and 14% more than men who lived alone.

In terms of salary, women who live by themselves represent a significant portion of those getting that cash. An entire fifth of young women living alone fell into the top tier income bracket during these studies, compared to a mere 7% of young women who live with other people.

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The success that comes with living alone brings far more options than women have when they live with others. Not only are they able to do whatever they want with their place of residence (have a night of Netflix and ice cream, spread newspapers all over the floor, dance around), but they also end up saving a good amount of money. Take into account the fact that they are more likely to have professional careers, and then factor in the fact that they do not have to pay for shared items. Living alone is costing them less in the long-run than living with others would.

The co-author of the study, Dr Lixia Qu of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, says “young women who live alone are well to-do and have choices” that were not available a few decades ago. In fact, this “success provides [young women] with more options.” This furthers their independence and personal success because “they do not need to partner, or their work and career provide more attractions than partnering and having a family.”

A Note on Cost of Living

Roommates are great… most of the time. But, there are those times when the food you buy gets “accidentally” eaten by someone else. There are times when you end up spotting them a twenty, only to never actually have them pay you back. There are times when you end up buying the household items because your roommate forgets or is simply far too irresponsible to think of buying household cleaners.

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By living alone, women are able to dedicate themselves to succeeding in their careers, saving their money, and living on their own terms. They do not have to share space, or things, with other people. They learn to deal with the surprises that pop up every now and then, such as a power outage or leaky faucet, without having to rely on someone else to fix it. They acquire more life skills, which adds to their independence and success.

Saving money and focusing on climbing that career ladder is especially important in places that are more expensive to live. By saving up the money that they would otherwise end up spending on roommates, shared household items, or frequent nights out, they are able to compensate for possibly higher living in expensive cities or areas. Places like New York City, New Jersey, and California, for example, have a much higher cost of living — from groceries, to haircuts, to auto insurance.

By being better educated, having more professional jobs, and being more independent, women living alone in these areas are less likely to experience the difficulties associated with the high cost of living than those who live with others.

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As such, women living alone tend to be more successful than those who live with others. Why put up with sharing space with other people when you can save stacks of cash by living on your own?

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Last Updated on July 3, 2020

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

2. Focus on your breath

Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

3. Get organized and purge old items

A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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6. Smile more

Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

7. Don’t worry about the future

As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

8. Eat real food

The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

9. Choose being happy over being right

Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

11. Make use of filtering features on social media

You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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12. Get comfortable with silence

When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

13. Listen to understand, not to respond

So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

14. Put your troubles in a bubble

Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

15. Speak more slowly

Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

16. Don’t procrastinate

Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

17. Buy a coloring book

Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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18. Prioritize yourself

You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

19. Forgive others

Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

20. Check your expectations

Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

21. Engage in active play

Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

22. Stop criticizing yourself

The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

26. Manage your money

Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

27. Stop trying to control everything

Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

28. Practice affirmations

Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

29. Get up before sunrise

Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

30. Be yourself

Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

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