All the single ladies! Put your hands up because it's National Single and Unmarried Americans Week! Yes, it's a real thing, and it started in Ohio in the 1980s to celebrate "singles and recognized their contribution to society." It's since turned into a national holiday that's celebrated every third week of September.
There are some not-so-great things about being single, but there are many positive aspects of it, too. For example, if you're single or unmarried, you can travel whenever you want! You don't have to share your money with anyone, either, and you can drink or dance (or insert any other of your favorite activities here) as much as you want without worrying about whether your significant other finds it boring or repetitive. You're independent and you can call the shots in your own life.
And it turns out, there are a lot of single and unmarried people in the U.S. In fact, in 2011, there were 102 million (this includes those who have been widowed, divorced, and never been married) unmarried residents. That comprises 44.1 percent of all U.S. adults aged 18 and over.
So how are you going to celebrate? Here are our suggestions:
1. Take a stay-cation. You don't have to go far to have a good time! Take one of these road trips this weekend and explore a new county, city, or state—no passport required!
2. Try something free. We know money is tight right now. Visit a local art show, tour a brewery, or try open-mic night at your favorite local watering hole. These ideas work great for couples and large groups and often cost very little.
3. Volunteer. Besides feeling good that you did something for someone else, you'll be protecting your health! Seriously: A 2007 study found that people who volunteer are less likely to have heart disease than those who don't.