Your journey is not the same as mine, and my journey is not yours, but if you meet me on our paths, may we encourage each other.
Welcome to the movement #happyafteryou where those who have healed from their breakups and those still going through breakups come together, facilitating understanding and resolve for the former, and motivating recovery for the latter.
I created this page to facilitate people sharing their breakup stories and with that hopefully inspire others and ultimately help them heal from their experiences.
Writing about your past breakup can help you make sense of it, but also can help someone else who is currently going through a difficult time getting over their breakup and in need of some motivation. Your story might be inspiring and provide insight of the pain shared by all during a breakup, more importantly, sharing past experiences let others know that they too can and will recover from this struggle.
Every heartbreak has a story, share yours!
For those who are currently struggling, know that you too can overcome this ordeal and soon share your #happyafteryou story.
Scientific research shows that in individuals who have experienced a traumatic or extremely stressful event, expressive writing can have a significant healing effect. In fact, participants in a study who wrote about their most traumatic experiences for 15 minutes, four days in a row, experienced better health outcomes up to four months later (Baikie & Wilhelm, 2005).
Another study tested the same writing exercise on over 100 asthma and rheumatoid arthritis patients, with similar results. The participants who wrote about the most stressful event of their lives experienced better health evaluations related to their illness (Smyth, Stone, Hurewitz, & Kaell, 1999).
Another study suggested that expressive writing may even improve immune system functioning, although it may need to be sustained for the health benefits to continue (Murray, 2002).
In addition to these more concrete benefits, writing can help the writer find meaning in their experiences, view things from a new perspective, and see the silver linings in their most stressful or negative experiences (Murray, 2002). It can also lead to important insights about yourself and your environment that may be difficult to determine without focused writing.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who so kindly shared their experiences. I am glad you are finally happy after your ex. #happyafteryou
For those who are going through their breakup, I wish you a kind recovery.
You go to Write Your Story and click ‘send button’, then this will be stored in a system for approval, once approved it will soon be posted in this website.
Others who visit it will be able to read your story, hopefully contributing to helping you to better understand your past and at the same time help others overcome their breakup. Furthermore, this website will not share your details (your story) with any other entities.
Your permission to share your story is exclusively to #happyafteryou page and social media.
Share your breakup story – it can be as long or as short as you want – you can use your real name or an alias – how and what you share is entirely up to you.