Survivify: Love

How to Survivify: A Nasty Break-Up
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Break-ups suck, period. Whether you're the dumper or the dumpee, it's an ordeal that everyone experiences several (or many) times. Forget about whether it's better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all, or the fact that time heals all wounds. And there will be no talk of fish and the sea. At this point, no amount of cliches, true as they may be, will help. First, there is the raw anger and hurt, and you'll just have to live with these feelings for a while. You know, the gut-wrenching pain.

Eventually, you will find that you've moved on. But in the meantime, do what you have to in order to get through it. We offer some modest suggestions below and invite you to add your own. Consider it a part of your healing process. Most important, know that there is someone great out there just waiting to meet you.

Look on the bright side:

  • This too shall pass.
  • You were obviously much too good for him/her.
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Tips from the trenches:

  • Take up a new hobby, such as kickboxing or angry gardening.
  • Go to the spa and pamper yourself.
  • Socialize with friends you were too busy to see before.
  • Hit the gym as often as possible.
  • Send yourself flowers at work. This will keep the rumor mill delightfully off track.
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Survival kit contents:

(replenish as often as needed)

Words of Wisdom

When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us. -Alexander Graham Bell
Living well is the best revenge. -George Herbert
That which does not kill us makes us stronger. -Friedrich Nietzsche
Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. -Confucius
Turn your wounds into wisdom. -Oprah Winfrey
If you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. -Friedrich Nietzsche
The heart was made to be broken. -Oscar Wilde
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