Whether you are single and happy, or single and eager to meet your life partner, hanging out with your coupled friends can be a challenge. Here’s how to make the best of it.
Are you coupled friends always providing you with unsolicited dating advice, and the worst—setting you up on blind dates who you have nothing in common with other than the fact that you are both single? If so, be patient. They are either sincerely trying to “help”, are secretly jealous of your single status, or projecting insecurities they would feel if they were still single.
Bring A Date
If it helps ease the single shaming, bring a date to events with mostly couples. I know this can be frustrating because you may not want to bring someone just because. However, it doesn’t have to be an official date. Your gay BFF, another single friend, or one half of another couple.
Last but not least, if things get really out of control, remember that you have the right to set boundaries. You can request that your dating life come off the table unless you specifically ask for advice. Be ready for this to be taken as defensive but you have the right to set boundaries you are comfortable with.
The larger the city you live in the less server the single shaming, but the tips above will help you to manage your coupled friends.