The Zoe Report

How To Avoid A Breakup, According To Experts

It’s just not working out. It’s not you, it’s me. We’re in different places. I just need to be on my own right now. Suffice to say, at some point, we’ve all said or heard one (or more) of these phrases. And while they each take a slightly different posture, they deliver the same message: We’re breaking up. No matter how amicable the circumstances, there’s no warm and fuzzy feeling that comes with going separate ways. Peace, maybe, but elation and joy, not so much (in our experience, anyway).

In fact, breakups often elicit a wave of observations about what caused the change in feelings. While questions often go unanswered—especially when you’re the only one asking them—some light can be shed on contributing factors. And while we’re all about embracing the single life and independence, we also know our very human need for closeness with another individual, so we decided to pick the brains of some relationship pros on how to keep a romantic bond strong for the long haul. Here, some tips on how to avoid a breakup.

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