Playing Nice with Your Ex: Here's How

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Bring a Buddy - The "buddy system" has long been a safety strategy for dangerous situations. If you know you are going to see your ex, having someone with you for moral support can help the interaction go more smoothly. A trusted friend or family member can help you remain calm and be your sounding board if the situation doesn't go as planned. However, don't let this turn into an opportunity to tag-team bash your ex.

Your relationship ended for a reason, and it could be difficult to look past whatever it was and get back on better terms. Not only might you feel better if you decide to take the high road, studies show that forgiveness can lower blood pressure, alleviate depression, and lower your risk of alcohol and substance abuse. So maybe playing nice with your ex can get you extra points after all. Following these guidelines can get you on the road to forgiveness.