around Valentine’s Day, it’s easy to find advice about sustaining a
successful marriage, with suggestions for “date nights” and romantic
dinners for two.
as we spend more and more of our lives outside marriage, it’s equally
important to cultivate the skills of successful singlehood. And doing
that doesn’t benefit just people who never marry. It can also make for
more satisfying marriages.
In many ways, that’s good news for marriages and married people. Contrary to some claims, marrying at an older age generally lowers
the risk of divorce. It also gives people time to acquire educational
and financial assets, as well as develop a broad range of skills — from
cooking to household repairs to financial management — that will stand
them in good stead for the rest of their lives, including when a partner
more, single people generally have wider social networks than married
couples, who tend to withdraw into their coupledom. On average,