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seven tips to break-up the nice way

Feb 29, 2008
I've been broken up with in many ways and it's been awful every time. I'm sure that's how it is for most of us since there's no great, easy way to do it. But there are things you can do to make it respectful and a little easier to cope with.

Show respect for the other person and yourself and break-up face to face. Don't be fearful of doing the break-up while looking that person in the eye.

Pick a mutually comfortable spot and don't break-up in a public place. With very few other people around, you won't fall apart with total strangers watching. There's nothing worse.

Keep the meeting short because a long meal could be too much to endure with tears and anger overcoming the other person. Every one is better off with a quick break-up date.

Don't clich. Avoid saying the following: "It's me, it's not you" and "I love you, but I'm not in love with you."

White lying is OK. Recognize when it's proper to save the other person's feelings. Now is the time to stick to the real reason the relationship is ending, not to pick her or him apart with all the little things that drive you crazy, like eating habits and movie preferences.

Don't compare the other person to cars, food, ex's, vacations, and so on. Avoid analogies and just say "I don't see this going anywhere" or "I think we'd both be happier with someone else."

Call once, but no more because dragging out a break-up might give the other person hope for reconciliation when there is none. It's best to just check in once to say hello and that you're sorry, but that it really is best to go your separate ways. Then you can be done.
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About the Author: Sara Musfeldt's website DatingTales.net is filled with dating stories, and she also provides an guide to online dating full of online dating tips.
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