03/07/2012 12:43 pm ET Updated Mar 09, 2012

The Benefits Of Living Alone (VIDEO)

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A growing number of people live alone. In fact, single living is one of the most common types of "families" -- along with childless couples -- Ann Curry said on "Today" this morning.

But people who live alone aren't lonely or isolated, explained Eric Klinenberg, author of "Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone". Instead, they tend to develop important skills that get them out socializing with others -- often much more so than couples who live together.

Healthy Living's Senior Editor Laura Schocker knows about the joys of living alone firsthand. She stopped by "Today" this morning to discuss why our group and team-based society has contributed to the rising number of people living solo, and why women are more likely to live alone than men.

For more on the benefits of living alone, watch the video above, and for more personal health stories, click here.

What about you? Do you live alone? Share your thoughts in the comments below.