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How random acts of kindness can help after a divorce

If you have been through, or are currently dealing with a high conflict divorce, acts of kindness are probably the furthest things from your mind at this point. However, at some point, the hatred that you feel for your soon-to-be ex-spouse will fade, and life will go on. This means that you will have to continue to live life as well. Because of this, it may be better for you to let pain heal by investing in acts of kindness. 

A recent article highlighted some of these acts. One ex-husband bought a bottle of champagne to an ex-wife to celebrate her purchase of a new home. Another ex-wife actually gave her wedding ring back to an ex-husband, even though she could have easily sold it. These examples may seem far-fetched right now for some, but they both point toward an old adage that still holds true today:

Time heals all wounds. 

With that said, it may be time to sit down and think about what is really important in your life and how fighting with an ex takes away from these things. This is especially important when there are children involved, because constant warring between parents can, and will, take a toll on them. In essence, the work it takes to reach a compromise is much more rewarding than the effort it may take to get even.  While we are not in the best position to give lifestyle advice, this method of thinking can also help in resolving thorny legal issues. 

Source: “Acts of kindness in divorce, rare but powerful,” Jackie Pilossph, May 12, 2014 

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