Featuring expert advice from Carol Ferguson, Micki McWade, Rachel Gladstone and Sharon Rivkin!
Breaking news: Divorce is difficult.
Now, we're not trying to minimize that undeniable fact, but we do want you to know that there are benefits to enduring a marital dissolution as well. Like, remember when your mother told you that anything that doesn't kill you makes you stronger? Well, she was right ... but that isn't the only upside to the end of your marriage. In fact, our experts came up with quite a list of advantages to your divorcee status, and here they are:
1. You will become a stronger person. As the saying goes, if you can get through this, you can get through anything. —Carol Ferguson
2. You will become closer to your friends and appreciate them more. They can be a shoulder to lean on, a sounding board for advice and a date when you want to go out. —Carol Ferguson
3. You now control your life. You make the decisions you want to without having to consult with someone else. —Carol Ferguson
4. You are independent. You do what you want, when you want and how you want. This will increase your self-esteem. —Carol Ferguson
5. You can grow as a person. Divorce can be the beginning of a fulfilling, better life. The only restrictions on your life will be those you impose. —Carol Ferguson
6. You know better who you want to marry the next time around. You probably got married young, when you were still figuring out who you were. Now you can take the time to reflect on what happened in the relationship and what part you played in the breakup. Then you can decide what kind of person you want to be in a relationship and what you want in your partner. You most definitely know what you don't want in a partner. —Carol Ferguson
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