Sadly, it's officially 'National Breakup Season'
Tis the season for heartbreak, statistics say.
If taking down decorations and heading back to work aren't bad enough, there's something new to dread in January: heartbreak.
We didn't even know this was a thing, but according to the New York Post, the period from late December to Valentine's Day has come to be known as "National Breakup Season." And yes, we're in full swing.
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In 2010, a Yahoo dating survey analyzed the Facebook status updates of 10,000 users. The survey found a steady increase in breakups right after Thanksgiving, with a peak just before Christmas and a spike right before spring.
Dating site We Love Dates recently put together an interesting infographic that illustrated similar findings. The Heart Beat talked to a spokesperson from the site who offered an explanation of the phenomenon:
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"We decide what things we'd like to bring with us into the new year, and what things and people are better left in the past. It's the perfect time to establish a clean slate in regards to our love lives."With a little over a month to go, is your love life in danger? In honor (or warning) of National Breakup Season, The Post put together a list of signs that you might be getting the relationship axe. Here are a few of the most noteworthy:
- No phone calls: Tamsen Fadal, author of "Why Hasn't He Called?" explained this warning sign to The Post: "The sweet little phone calls you used to have daily have been whittled down to short, quick calls that have to do with details." If your significant other is cutting back on the communication, it could be a breakup red flag.
- The change-up: Does your partner want you to be someone else? Is the feeling mutual? When both parties are trying to change the other, it could mean a breakup is on the horizon.
- What's wrong? What are you thinking about? What's wrong? Fadal explains that when you start asking questions like this, it could be your instincts kicking in. "If you hear yourself asking those questions, you need to quickly turn them inward and answer them for yourself."
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When the weather warms up the 'bear' goes into the meadow and picks new flowers. Maybe you should 'pretty up.'
Ha! I didn't need a story like this to tell me it is so.. but the list of 3 Fadal compiles fits my sich to a tee.. lol
If you got dumped, that sucks, but they were not happy with you so move on.
IF you dumped somebody, good for you, it can be hard but it will work out.
Relationships are dynamic. Most break ups are because of sex or finances. IF you dont get laid or you don't get paid OR BOTH... prepare to be single.
It's also the engagement season. I work for a bridal company and busy season is between Christmas and Valentines Day all the way through June. Lots of people get engage this time of year. So I guess for every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction.
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