LONDON, May 13 /PRNewswire/ --
- Latest survey statistics reveal dating makes you happier, healthier and better equipped to deal with the world
Forget the gym, the diet and the life coach, dating is the new way to make you look good and feel great.
A survey of British singles released today by Udate.co.uk, has found that 59% of respondents have become more conscious of their appearance since they started dating.
With estimates putting 40% of the population at risk of obesity, dating may be the stimulation that singles need to become more aware of how they look and to do something about those extra pounds. The Udate.co.uk survey found that dating made 22% feel fitter and healthier and prompted 25% to start exercising. 17% of them even started dieting to make them more attractive to a potential mate.
With almost one third of the adult population in England and Wales now single (Source: UK Census 2002), dating could seriously shift the population into changing their attitudes and their bodies. 47% of singles said they feel happier since they have started actively dating and 45% of those surveyed said they felt more confident and outgoing. 19% said they felt they could now cope better with everyday problems.
In fact, the greatest change was visible in attitudes to life. Happiness, confidence and positivity were consistently cited as by-products of dating and for many, dating has prompted them to look at their lives, with 23% considering their career or current job and 17% sprucing up their home to make it a more positive reflection of themselves.
Udate.co.uk Relationship Coach Salma Shah says: "The experience of dating triggers all sorts of feelings and emotions. Getting ready for a date means focusing on ourselves, paying attention to our appearance, and having some "me" time is a great confidence boost. For some, re-evaluating our self-image can be one step on the road to greater success and happiness.
"The happy anticipation of a date will also produce a cocktail of "happy hormones" also known as endorphins. As well as creating feelings of wellbeing, euphoria and bliss, they also boost our immune system and are anti-aging."