Let me start off by saying that I am not endorsing anyone to stay friends with every ex, nor am I encouraging anyone to remain friends with a dangerous, abusive, violent, or otherwise horrifying ex. You simply can't remain friends with every ex you'll ever have, generally speaking. I think we've all had at least one relationship where we've genuinely wanted to remain friends after breaking up, though. If your ex is a good person, if your breakup was amicable or at least calm, and if you're doing it for the right reasons, however, then there are plenty of valid reasons to remain friends with your ex.
Short-term, long-term, it doesn't matter – some people simply affect your life more deeply than others.
Breaking up with someone doesn't automatically make the other person horrible.
This is one of the best reasons to remain friends, providing that your relationship didn't kill the foundation of your friendship.
You can like someone very much, even if you aren't in love with them any longer.
This happens more often than you might think.
In fact, if you simply grew apart romantically, then you might even recognize that you're better off as friends.
This goes without saying – it's an ideal situation and it's not possible for everyone, but when it is possible, it's so much better for everyone involved.
That's pretty big, especially if you have a weird, dry, or dark sense of humor.
Granted, some exes will know more than others, but you get my drift, right?
If your ex makes you happy on any level, even after you've fallen out of love, letting go sometimes feels impossible.
Breaking up with an ex's family is awful when you really love those people.
Seriously, friend-divorces are devastating.
Wouldn't that be refreshing for a change?
After all, you know what worked, what went wrong, what you both like, what you hate ...
You may still have some baggage, but it won't be due to an acrimonious ex.
You should never stay friends with your ex because you want to get back together or because you're still hung up on the relationship – that has so much potential to hurt you – but there are times when staying friends is the best bet. Have you ever remained friends with an ex?
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