Kathaleen Stevenson, a counselor with Kessler Psychological Services in Hartville, notes that whether single or married, those who are the happiest:
• Don’t keep grudges. They forgive easily and wisely, keeping healthy relationships by being active participants in creating positive interactions.
• Have a sense of purpose for their lives — engaging outside of their relationships to contribute to the greater good, thus enriching their relationships and personal joy.
• Do not accept any form of abusiveness in their relationships.
• Follow the Serenity Prayer, which says, “God grant me the serenity to accept what I cannot change, the courage to change what I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”