I love the single-at-heart life so much that I named this blog after it. (Click here and then scroll down to learn more about what it means to be single-at-heart and what we know about it.) I devote many posts to the continuing challenges of living single, whether or not you embrace that status the way people who are single-at-heart do. It is frustrating and disappointing to find that the stereotyping and stigmatizing of single people, the exclusion of them from social events organized by the couple, and the discrimination against them (all of which I call singlism) has continued into the 21st century.
Yet in this season of thanks, it is also fitting to recognize the ways in which it is more possible to live a full, joyful, complete, and meaningful life as a single person than it ever has been before. Attitudes are changing for the better, different ways of living have proliferated, and laws are evolving in ways that suggest greater inclusiveness.