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However, if you’re ready to share your life with someone and want to build a lasting, worthwhile relationship, life as a single person can also be frustrating.

For many of us, our emotional baggage can make finding the right romantic partner a difficult journey.

Fact: While there are health benefits that come with being in a solid relationship, many people can be just as happy and fulfilled without being part of a couple.

Despite the stigma in some social circles that accompanies being single, it’s important not to enter a relationship just to “fit in.” Being alone and being lonely are not the same thing.

Please don't snort in that annoyingly arrogant way you have.

For I have, in my corner, relationship expert Marni Kinrys. And she thinks you're full of it -- full of desperate longing, that is.

She told me: "When I started this as a career, men were more concerned with getting laid. She believes that women are leaning into this hooking-up thing.

Now it seems that there is a shift toward commitment." Could this be because men are making less money and women more? She insists: "Women finally own their sexual power, and they are driving the current 'hookup culture' that brings satisfaction without guilt, but at the expense of intimacy." The New York Times recently intimated that this might be the case, but I just assumed this was the Times on one of its lifestyle binges.

Or maybe you're not putting yourself in the best environments to meet the right person, or that when you do, you don't feel confident enough.

Naturally, she dumped him shortly afterward in favor of a Starbucks barista. It's well-known that women consistently complain that when they're online dating, they receive hundreds of messages propositioning them from the very beginning. At least, this seems to be true for the single ones among you.

If Kinrys' analysis is correct, there is only one conclusion to reach: Most of those men who go online looking for a hookup are what is technically known as "in a relationship already." Or, perhaps, even married.

Emotions can change and deepen over time, and friends sometimes become lovers—if you give those relationships a chance to develop. Fact: Women and men feel similar things but sometimes express their feelings differently, often according to society’s conventions.

But both men and women experience the same core emotions such as sadness, anger, fear, and joy. Fact: Love is rarely static, but that doesn’t mean love or physical attraction is doomed to fade over time.

Myth: Disagreements always create problems in a relationship.

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