The Upside of Heartbreak

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After getting dumped, the last thing you might think to do is try to glean something positive out of a breakup. Most people associate negative emotions with a breakup, particularly if they were the one who got the boot. It's hard not to ruminate about what went wrong, replaying it over and over in your head. Resentment, anger and guilt usually accompany a breakup – but they don't have to. What if you could replace those feelings with ones of empowerment, gratitude and freedom? It's not easy, but it's not impossible to turn your breakup into a positive experience. Here's how. After being in the mindset of the ex being "the one," it may seem hard to envision life without him or her, and that's understandable. Allow yourself to feel the grief, but don't prolong it. Consider a to-do list regarding your new life without your ex. If you lived together, this may entail finding a new place to live, new furniture, establishing your own credit, separate bank account, etc.