A former professor of mine, Mark Moore (a dynamic speaker and thinker), posted this blog post back on Valentine's Day. If you're interested he occasionally post on his John 3:30 blog about the challenge of self-abnegation.
If you are single (living the "good life") this is worth the read.
And while I appreciate his calling for others to send a card or chocolates to a single for encouragement, I don't agree with that. Just annoying really.
BUT the rest is excellent. About the value of the single life. The chance for single-minded devotion is an opportunity for the high calling of life.