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How divorce can inspire a 'glass half-full' perspective

Going through a divorce can be a heart-wrenching experience. You likely began your marriage so sure that you would never have to navigate this particular challenge in your life. But for whatever reasons, you and your spouse have decided to divorce.

Some people never truly thrive in their lives after their divorce has been finalized. However, when individuals choose to take excellent care of themselves, to keep themselves open to opportunity and to keep moving forward in healthy ways, they can ultimately emerge from the aftermath of divorce with a more positive perspective than they have ever had before.

Divorce is ultimately a transition from one phase of life to the next. As a result, divorce provides an excellent opportunity for self-healing, self-reflection and personal growth. There will likely be days when you feel like you are capable of little more than curling up on the couch and binge-watching your favorite television programs. This is not only okay, this is normal. However, at some point you will need to choose between a lifetime of this behavior and something greater.

When you choose to commit to a brighter, bolder life than the one you are leading, it helps to secure a wide support system and tools for self-reflection such as a journal, a counselor, art supplies and/or running shoes. Secure whatever you need to start digging into whatever emotional trials and reactions are holding you back from becoming healthier and more positive and then get focused and serious about using these tools for growth.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Positive Outcomes of Divorce,” Dr. Gail Gross, Feb. 11, 2014

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