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7 Signs Of Healing After Divorce (So You’ll Know You’re Getting Over It)

Man sitting on the floor wondering if he’ll ever see signs that he’s healing after divorce.

Yes, you can get over it.

Divorce isn’t a sign-and-done deal. Its aftermath can be emotionally eviscerating, leaving you to think you will never be whole again. (But you will be.) You may wonder if you will even recognize the signs of healing after divorce, given how badly you feel in the moment. (But you will.)

By the time two people get to the point of deciding to divorce, there is usually a lot of pain already under the bridge. Whether the marriage has been on slow dissolve or has suffered the blow of betrayal, divorce is the culminating loss of a great dream.

Even the most amicable divorce is an explosion of what was once at least somewhat predictable. You knew what you had, even if you didn’t have what you wanted. Your kids knew where “home” was. And your life was defined by the story you all wrote together.

But there is always a tipping point to mounting discord and disappointment, regardless of the cause. And reaching it can be shocking and surreal when you are left teetering on the precipice of an unsure future. Will there ever be healing after divorce? And will there be signsof healing after divorce to…

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How To Find Happiness In Your Life

Beautiful smiling woman who’s found the secret to how to find happiness in your life.

It really is possible for you to be happy.

Sometimes it can seem like you’re playing a game of hind-and-seek with happiness. Some days you might catch a fleeting glimpse of it, but it still eludes you.  Yet happiness is something you can have – you just need to know how to find happiness in your life.

When you search the internet, you’ll find widely varying opinions about how to find happiness in your life.

When you look at quotes about finding happiness in life, you’ll often see a correlation between having meaning in life and happiness. Yet, not everyone who has a meaningful life is happy. There are people who dedicate their lives to someone or some purpose and are still miserable.

Some say it’s a choice and that you must will yourself to be happy.

Some say you can only find happiness through putting yourself first.

Some say happiness is an inside job.

Others say you can and should find happiness outside of yourself.

Some say you just fake it until you make it.

And some even say you can’t find happiness. You can only stop doing things that make you unhappy.

All these different opinions can definitely leave you confused, frustrated,…

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18 Quotes From Famous Americans About Finding Happiness In Life

Woman leaning against a hedge enjoying the happiness in life that she’s found.

Which of these quotes inspire you to greater happiness in life?

The pursuit of happiness in life is one of the goals the founding fathers had for each American. Things have really changed a lot since the 1770s, but one thing hasn’t. We each still search for happiness.

The following quotes about finding happiness in life are all from famous American’s – from the founding fathers to media moguls. You’ll probably see some similarities in the sentiments, but you’ll also hear the individual path each of these people took to first define and then find their own version of happiness.

1.   Maya Angelou “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some humor, and some style.

2.   Dale Carnegie “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.”

3.   George Washington “Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person’s own mind than on the externals in the world.

4.   Ralph Waldo Emerson “Every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”

5.   Lady Gaga “At the end of the day, you won’t be happy until you love yourself.”

6.   Franklin D. Roosevelt“Happiness lies in the joy…

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How Much Grief In Divorce Is Normal?

Man sitting on the beach struggling with his grief in divorce.

How to know if what you’re feeling is excessive grief or not.

It’s normal and expected that you will feel grief in divorce. After all, divorce is the end of a way of life and of your dreams. It makes sense that you’d feel sad about it, mourn who you were in your married life and are no more, and be grief-stricken that all of your plans for a happily-ever-after have come to a screeching halt.

It’s even normal for grief in divorce to trigger situational depression and for you to have some seriously uncharacteristic and uncomfortable thoughts.

Dealing with divorce grief is really hard. For most people, it’s a depth of pain they’ve seldom or ever experienced before. And because it’s so unfamiliar, it’s important to know – and be able to recognize – when what you’re experiencing is not typical.

What is normal grief?

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross was a pioneering grief researcher. She found that there are 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. She also found that no one simply proceeds through each of the stages one after the other.

Grief in divorce is complicated and personal. No one experiences it in exactly the same way.

Chances are you’ll flow through the…

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How To Tell The Difference Between A Rebound Relationship And The Real Thing

Couple on a date and one of them is wondering if it’s a rebound relationship or not.

Knowing the difference could save you from another heartbreak.

Funny thing about being in a rebound relationship: it’s never just the two of you who are in it. There’s always someone else lurking in the corners. Namely, your ex. Maybe even your rebound partner’s ex, too. 

Regardless of who is taking refuge in the rebound relationship, the whole thing is a bit, shall we say, crowded.

You might go into a rebound relationship with both eyes open and both partners willing. You might even think love has swooped in to rescue you from the agony of your recent breakup.

No matter how you enter a rebound relationship, there are several tell-tale signs that will distinguish it from the real thing.

The most distinguishing characteristic of a rebound relationship is that it’s a distraction. It’s a band-aid for your broken heart and all those feelings you haven’t been able to bear to feel since your break-up.

The rebound relationship is all about feeling better and filling the void left by your ex’s removal from your life. It’s about not feeling lonely. Sometimes it’s even about not feeling at all.

The irony of the rebound relationship is that those who are in it truly wantto be…

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