Values are what bring distinction to your life. You don't find them, you choose them. And when you do, you're on the path to fulfillment.
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I am friends with a few exs and I must say honestly, they are healthy, amazing relationships. 1 of them has moved on, found a very good man and I am very happy for her. In fact I invited both of them to ski with me this winter. What's done is done, what was is just that..it was. Bless and release and move on. Hope for their happiness in love as they hope for yours.
There are no bad reasons for staying friends with an ex. It's all up in our heads. If either person decides it's not right, you just have to accept it and move on. Think of it as an adventure to what might come your way next. Tonight I am sitting here as a completely single man--not dating or anything and I am excited for what might be next. All in all if an ex was someone who was very special in your life then why not keep that relationship?
The desire to be seen in a positive light can give rise to dangerous behaviors.
Anxiety about rejection can undermine satisfaction.
Doing well can be a double-edged sword.
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