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6 Steps to Forget Someone You Love

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Falling in love is easy. Getting your heart broken is also easy. But do you know what’s the hard part in this process of falling in and out of love? It’s not enduring the pain, but getting rid of the memories of that person you love.

This is because the memories never go away. Once you form them, they remain in your heart. They may be overwritten by new experiences and exciting feelings, but you can easily draw them out again when you feel nostalgic. Yes, they know how to stay, both in your heart, mind, and soul.

Indeed, memories cannot be erased, but you can still forget. This doesn’t mean getting rid of the memories altogether, but rather wiping away the emotions that come with these recollections. But how do you such a thing?

Here are 6 ways that will help you forget someone you love and heal the pain that comes from the past:

1. Create new, meaningful experiences.

This may be the hardest to do, but it’s actually easier than expected. Indeed, it can be haunting to visit the places or do the activities that you and your former significant other used to do. However, it’s not the end of the world once you two have broken up.

And these things –the ones you used to share, still exist.

Hence, you cannot just avoid them all the time because they remind you of the past. You’re only depriving yourself of the fun and excitement that these things offer if you try to experience them again. Instead, revel in their wonders together with the people that matter to you the most.

Visit those memorable destinations with your family and friends. Take pictures together, eat meals as a group, and enjoy all other activities as a team. This way, when you start looking back, you’ll remember only the good times, not those that tell you of a heartache.

2. Go out.

Another way to forget someone you love is by going out. Literally. Wear your sneakers and start walking, even just around your neighborhood. This is because the longer you wallow indoors; the more time you spend thinking about a past that’s never coming back. You can only set yourself free by taking the initiative to do so.

Start walking. Enjoy the sights, the traffic, the busy streets, and smile at the people you meet along the way. For a moment or two, you’ll forget about that person who broke your heart. The longer your mind gets preoccupied with these simple encounters, the farther you get away from those memories you have so been wanting to forget.

3. Allow yourself to be shocked.

One reason you don’t want to forget is because you have developed a feeling of certainty towards your painful memories. You’ve started using them as your shield against the exciting things that are headed your way, all because you think you’ll just end up hurt.

Instead of hiding under a shell, allow yourself to be surprised, scared, and shocked. Take a ride on the rollercoaster and scream to your heart’s delight. Your brain needs this as well, as the feeling of surprise allows it to generate new brain cells and reminds you that what Cher says is true: there is life after love.

4. Talk about your memories.

People often write about the things they recall, so that they could keep them. Meanwhile, if you are trying to forget, then it would be best that you don’t write about them. Rather, talk about the things you remember.

This is because unlike writing where you can flip through the pages in case you are starting to miss some important highlights, talking about your memories out loud isn’t recorded. The more you discuss these recollections verbally, the lesser the details you mention, the lesser the emotions you feel, the lesser the weight you carry. Do this until such time that you could no longer recall the diner where you had your first date or how it rained when you two broke up.

It’s because when the essence of the memories has already faded, the entire recollection no longer matters to you as well.

5. Put away all the physical evidence of your memories.

In her song “The Art of Letting Go,” American singer Mikaila tells us to “put away the pictures, put away the memories,” that she’s been “putting over and over through her tears.”

Her advice is indeed helpful because while the memories are mental pictures stored in the brains, physical evidence such as pictures and videos only amplify their effects and trigger our emotions. Thus, if you are keen on forgetting this person you love due to heartache, then it would be best to keep the visuals away for a while.

It’s not that you are bitter with the end of your romance; you just need to give your mind and hear the space to recover and get back to normal. When the right time comes, you can go through these items again and no longer remember the feelings that made them special.

6. Pray for inner peace.

When all else fails, you only one resort left, and that’s to pray. Praying is an effective means to calm yourself amidst this emotional journey of getting over the person you love. This is because through praying, you get the quiet time you deserve. You also get to whisper your qualms and wishes to God, and through his divine intervention, you are able to see life from a different perspective.

It is also through praying that you are able to thank love for stopping by even for just a short while. By doing this, you also release all the negative energy you’ve been holding against the heartbreak you’ve experienced and the person you lost.

While praying may not be a direct means to forget, it helps you become more open to new adventures in life and not keep yourself with the “what-ifs” and other regrets you’ve nurtured after getting hurt coping with the loss.

Final word

Getting your heart broken is normal. Losing someone you love is common. But people, feelings, and experiences all come and go. Instead of harboring ill feelings, thank them for being part of your past, so that you become more capable not only of forgetting, but welcoming a new chapter in life that’s more colorful and more fulfilling to celebrate.

Oliver King is the CEO of Olivergist.com and also a social media influence, He is a graduate of Ecotes Benin University with a BSc in International Relations. And also have Dip in Law from Bayero University. Oliver King has passion for blogging and loves what he does.

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7 Qualities of a Good Man to Marry

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Qualities of a Good Man to Marry

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Almost every girl has dreamt of marrying the perfect guy and live happily ever with him. But not all girls make this dream come true; worse, they even fall in love with frogs disguised as a prince and not the other way around.

Indeed, you are never sure about the guy you are going be married to, but there are ways in which you can mitigate this risk. You also have to learn how to differentiate the concept of romance from that of actual settling down because life is not all about chocolates and roses. By planning ahead and determining your concept of a man to marry, you are able to pick better choices not just of a boyfriend or husband, but a partner for keeps.

To help you out, here are 7 qualities of a good man to settle down with:

1. He has more than just a pleasing personality.

This goes beyond the good looks and handsome genes. Indeed, it’s a bonus when your ideal guy has the charm, but you need to look through the smokescreen and learn more about what’s inside. You may want to marry a guy who knows how to respect you as a woman and as a person, a guy who is thoughtful and kind, and as well has a fear of God.

Finding these qualities in a man takes time, as during the first few dates for sure he will be putting his best foot forward just to impress you. His true traits likewise resonate once you two are more comfortable with each other, and when you realize that he is lacking in this department, you may want to start thinking twice if he is indeed the one.

2. He has established his own disposition.

One of the fundamental traits of a guy who seems to be ideal to marry is independence. You may want to check out a guy who is independent, both financially and emotionally. By having an established disposition, it shows that he can be relied on, and that he knows how to take care of his responsibilities. If and when you two decide to get married, you are assured that can take care of you as well.

This doesn’t mean that guys who still live with their parents and are enjoying hopping from one job to another are not suitable for marriage; you may just want to be careful in taking chances because settling down is not something you can do on a whim. You both have to be prepared for a life together, and doing that starts way before even you two get into a relationship.

3. He knows how to make you smile, and keep you secure.

A lot of girls find funny guys attractive. But while it’s a big plus that he knows how to make you smile and laugh, it also pays a lot when the guy knows how to keep you secure. This means that he wouldn’t do anything that would trigger your confidence, or make you paranoid about certain issues and concerns.

This is important because when he knows how to keep you secure, it allows the both of you to build mutual trust in an easier manner. Establishing transparency and accountability in the relationship isn’t difficult, because you know how he cares for you and vice versa.

4. He thinks about your future, not just your future together.

Another quality of a guy to marry is when he thinks about your future. This not only pertains to your future life together, but rather he cares about your future as an individual. He knows how to support you in your aspirations and he wouldn’t stand in your way in achieving those just because these do not do him any favors.

In essence, he should allow you to grow. He should acknowledge that you are your own individual and that you are not required to change just to accommodate the relationship you two share.

5. He cares about your family.

When you happen to be in a relationship that’s already getting more serious, one of your medium-term goals is to know each other’s families. If he is serious about you, he would introduce you to his family and encourage them to build a relationship with you, and vice versa. This is because he is already grooming them to accept you as part of the family.

At the same time, your guy should also care about your family. He would not just take the effort in getting to know them, but is also encouraging you to further improve your relationship with them. This is because he believes that the family is the unit of society, and building a bond with them is fundamental once you two start a life together and build a family of your own.

6. He values your happiness and your individuality.

Perhaps this is the most difficult quality to look for in a guy to marry. This is because while most guys love their girlfriends, not all of them would think about the latter’s happiness especially when this gets in the way of settling down.

He should be willing to give and support your happiness, let you celebrate your individuality, even when these mean that he has to step back a bit. He wouldn’t be afraid to set you free because he believes that the love you share is stronger and will be the instrument to keep you two together.

7. He knows that it takes two to tango.

Lastly, an ideal guy to marry is one who knows that it takes two to tango. He knows that when you get married, it’s not just being about husband and wife, but as partners who will face the future holding hands. He knows that you are his other and better half, and that if and when you two decide to get married, you will be complementing each other’s decisions, ideas, and actions.

This mindset is very important when marrying a guy, as this tells you that no matter what happens, he will never leave you behind.

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9 Qualities of a Good Man in a Relationship

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9 Qualities of a Good Man in a Relationship

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What makes a good man in a relationship? The answers to this question definitely vary, as each of us has a different concept of a “good” or “ideal” guy. But men change some of their behaviors and attributes whenever they are in a relationship, as unlike when they are single, they have to look after someone and something, i.e. their girlfriend and the relationship they share.

But apart from individual concepts and ideals, there are traits that make a man fit in the “good” category when in a relationship. In case you are still looking for that “good guy,” then here are some qualities to look for:

1. He observes chivalry.

You have a good guy when he continues to practice chivalry. This means he takes the effort to open the door for you, or assist you when getting out of the car, holding your hand while you two are walking on the street, and lends a hand in carrying your things.

These may be little things but seeing his initiative to do to those actions means that he truly cares for you and that he knows you deserve nothing but the best. His intentions reflect in his actions, more than the presents and fancy promises most girls want to hear from their boyfriends.

2. He knows how to be patient with you.

Another quality of a good guy in a relationship is when he knows not to tick you off. While it is common that you two experience arguments and misunderstandings, he would take the effort to be patient with you. He wouldn’t push you to your limit or test your temper because he knows these do not help resolve your problems.

He would give you space when you need it, but at the same time, he is on standby mode, meaning he is ready to come to you once you say so.

3. He supports your aspirations.

A lot of men find it difficult to accept when their girlfriends are doing better than them. This may be due to their pride getting hurt, or they think that it reduces their manliness. However, real guys don’t think about this anymore. Rather, they are supportive of their girlfriends’ dreams and aspirations, even if they are not part of building these dreams.

A man who is able to do this is someone who respects and values your individuality. Having this kind of man for a boyfriend is an indicator that you have a keeper.

4. He is emotionally smart.

Emotional intelligence is very important in a relationship, as this gauges your man’s ability to handle situations that test his patience and levelheadedness. You may want to date a guy who knows where and how to position his feelings during certain situations, and would think first before making a drastic action. Also, when a guy is emotionally smart, he would prioritize your feelings and welfare first before his, all because he loves and values you.

5. He is also street smart.

Aside from being emotionally smart, it pays to have a boyfriend who is street smart. This means he can be depended on during unexpected situations; he can troubleshoot issues or find workarounds in order to keep you happy.

This doesn’t mean, however, that he will move heaven and earth for you. Being street smart means he knows how to defend you during emergency situations, find ways to keep you safe, and not make you worry.

6. He listens.

Another great trait to look for in a guy you intend to have a relationship with is his ability to listen. He must be able to not just hear you, but go beyond your words and understand your feelings. He may not always understand what you say, but he lends both ears when you need someone to vent your feelings on, or when you want to get your point across even if your emotions eat the best of you.

And yes, when he knows how to listen, he doesn’t retaliate by talking back. He allows you to speak your thoughts and emotions, no matter how scathing they are. He will talk only when you truly need his opinion, and not to shut you up.

7. He celebrates your wins.

You also know you have a great guy when he knows how to celebrate your wins. He is always proud of you and even more when you achieve success in your career and in your passion. He would brag about you to his family and friends, and would be there for you at all times to show his support.

He would also not feel intimidated (or at least keep the intimidation to himself) when it seems like you’ve achieved more than he ever did. He would also not take it against you if you have achieved your dreams without his help or his presence being your source of inspiration. In essence, when it comes to living your life as an individual, he wouldn’t step in the way.

8. He respects your beliefs and shares your values.

You may fall in love with a guy who doesn’t practice the same faith as yours, but if he knows how to respect your beliefs and even shares the values and principles you adhere to, then it’s a sign that your relationship is going to work. This is because relationships, and eventually marriage, is built on compromise, not just of love and romance. If you two can meet each other halfway and respect each other’s individual beliefs, traditions, and values, then your relationship will have a long way to go.

9. He cares for your family.

He may not be under the same faith or share the same practice your family does, but if he takes the effort to gain their respect, then he’s definitely a catch. This is because he sees that love knows no boundaries, not even of faith and tradition, and he’d do everything to make your relationship work, starting with caring for your family. He’d even encourage you to bond more with your loved ones because that’s what family is about.

When a man truly loves you, he will not only show these qualities, but he will take the extra effort to practice these qualities to heart. This is because he knows that these take part in making your relationship last for the long term.

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9 Positive Signs Your Partner is Cheating on You

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Positive Signs Your Partner is Cheating on You

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Love is complicated and sometimes love just fades, sometimes people change, feelings change, or some people just cheat. Cheating is the worst problem to wedge a relationship. It imposes a different kind of emotional pain on the victim and it’s not easy to recover from.

Nobody wants to get cheated on and definitely not you, so here are the top nine signs to tell if your partner is cheating on you so you can pack yourself up and make a run for it:

1. He’s not that interested in you.

It’s understandable that over time, the height of your relationship lowers. There’s no more of that fuzzy feeling you get in your stomach whenever you see each other or in other words, you’re both way past the honeymoon phase already.

What you have to watch out for in the kind of disinterest he shows in you. If you feel like he’s not working anymore for the relationship, then maybe it’s time to question his investment and sincerity.

2. She’s protective of her things.

Another easy sign to look out for is if she’s protective with her things such as her phone, laptop, or computer. This is also the same if she doesn’t like it when you pick her up from work or if you’re hanging out at her office.

This is most probably because she feels guilty, paranoid, and she’s hiding something from you. What it is, you have no idea. But if she’s uncomfortable about leaving her phone around you and she doesn’t like it when you casually borrow her phone, then it’s not a privacy issue anymore.

3. He’d rather go out than spend time with you.

The same thing with the first sign. If he’s more interested in hanging out with his friends than spending time with you, then you may question where his loyalties lie. Sure, time with friends is also good, but if he’s not coming home anymore or answering his phone, then something’s up.

You may also question if he’s going out with his friends at all or if they’re just a lame cover-up for his infidelity. If his friends actually care for him and his relationships, then they will discourage this kind of behavior.

4. She keeps lying about little things.

Lying is also one of the easier signs of cheating. If she can lie about the little things, what more about the big things? When you ask her how her lunch went and she says she was busy with work so she didn’t have lunch, but you clearly saw her downtown sitting across an unknown guy.

It hurts to think that she’s lying to you about small stuff when she can just straight up tell you the truth. It’s your decision whether to keep up with it and see where it goes or confront her and ask her why she’s lying to you.

5. He’s defensive when you confront him.

Another thing to watch out for is if he’s super defensive when you confront him about things. If you ask about the girl who keeps hitting up his phone and he’s completely freaked out and defending himself, then he’s obviously cheating.

Don’t believe that it’s just a friend, because true friends know their limits especially if they know the other party is already taken. If he keeps defending himself even when there is actual physical evidence in front of you then it’s probably best to break it off.

6. She’s overcompensating.

Now, this is a tricky sign because there are people who are just overly affectionate. The best way to tell is if you truly know your partner. If she’s not usually sweet or physically affectionate and then one day she just suddenly bombards you with gifts and then next week with a fancy dinner, maybe something’s up.

This also adds up if you know your relationship has been rocky for some time now. The reason for these actions is probably because she’s compensating for her feelings of guilt. Most of the time the cause of this guilt is cheating.

7. He says he doesn’t feel the spark anymore.

While this may be true, love does fade, most of the time some men just use this as an excuse instead of saying they found somebody new, and oftentimes, that somebody knew has been in the relationship for a while now, you just never knew.

If he throws you this line, directly ask him if there’s somebody else and if he’s completely defensive about it, just raise your hand and walk away. You don’t need someone in your life who doesn’t want you and your loyalty.

8. She doesn’t like it when you ask questions.

Cheaters are constant paranoid so they hate it when you ask them questions, especially if these are questions that pry. They are always afraid of getting caught and are mostly always on the nerve.

If she feels uncomfortable for no reason at all when you ask about a certain co-worker, then maybe you should ask yourself why. If they are only friends, then there’s no reason to feel uneasy at all, right?

9. He smells like someone else.

Lastly, the classic smells like someone else is just as old as the lipstick smear on the collar. You know your man like the back of your hand and of course, you know exactly how smells like. If he comes home smelling like somebody else, then you better raise some eyebrows.

It could just be a co-worker’s strong perfume or any logical reason at all, but if you find yourself smelling the same scent over and over again, then all his excuses are out.

In a perfect world, the story would start with the boy meeting the girl, the two of them falling in love, getting married, and then living happily ever after. That’s how each story should end, but unfortunately, life seems to have other plans at most times.

Cheating is the most hurtful thing one can do in a relationship. It can put a toll on your emotional health and it can feel like a direct punch to the gut. The best thing you can do for yourself is to look out for these signs as early as possible so you can call it quits.

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