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  • What Do You Do with that Tattoo of Your Ex?



    By Morgan Vines, BounceBack.com Editorial Staff

    A tiger in the bathroom. A stripper calling you her "husband". Bruises from the fight you picked with Mike Tyson. All things you may want to forget in the morning, but when the dust settles they become epic tales retold over a modest keg.



    A tattoo of Spongebob Squarepants on your chest is an entirely different animal. No one can pull that off and you're stuck with it like your 38-year-old brother sleeping on your couch who "just hasn't found himself yet".


    Most embarrassing tattoos sprout from a night of debauchery and bad decisions, but what about those couples who actually choose to leave their mark on each other in ink?


    No need to sugarcoat it to your "crazy in love" friend. It never ends well. And if Hollywood is any indication, people jump under the needle to show their love quicker than they head for the altar. Then when these relationships shatter, it's back under the needle to remove that "Jane Forever" or

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  • The Pros and Cons of The Long Distance Relationship

    By Sunil Ramsamooj, BounceBack Editorial Staff

    Long distance relationships (LDRs) work for some people, over long periods of time and great distances - but for others, an LDR may as well be DOA (dead on arrival). Certain situations and personalities may lend themselves to a successful LDR, while in some cases, no matter how strong the feelings between the two people may be, the distance proves too difficult to make the relationship last. If you're considering entering into a long distance relationship, or if you're wondering why yours didn't work out, we've compiled a list of pros and cons for any LDR to help you assess whether to go the distance, or to figure out why absence didn't necessarily make the heart grow fonder. Take a look:


    PROs:


    Hold on to Your Freedom: If you hate "clingy," LDRs might be right up your alley. The obligation you often feel to be around someone when you're dating them can be exhausting if it's not in your nature. At times, you may just not

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  • The Ghost of Relationships Past: Reflect to Bounce Back

    By Monique Zamir, BounceBack Editorial Staff

    Relationships usually feel like the greatest thing imaginable when they're at their best, but quite the opposite when they're at their worst. Either way, when you're in the throes of a relationship, you don't always see things the way you would once it's over and you're on the other side, looking back.


    It's kind of like when you think it's a good idea to eat an entire greasy, extra cheesy pizza, sugary-soda and wings all in one sitting; that is, until an hour or so later when your digestive system says otherwise. In hindsight, that idea was a terrible one, and although you may have known that before, at least in the back of your mind, you disregarded it.


    This is why it's so important to take the time after a breakup to examine your relationship, and figure out what caused things to happen the way they did. You're more aware of different instances after the fact than you are right in the middle of it. So if you're going

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  • Dating in the Modern Age: Do Old Conventions Still Apply?

    By Monique Zamir, BounceBack Editorial Staff

    These days it's difficult to predict what's appropriate and inappropriate to do while dating someone. Should you wait for them to call you back? Should you send them a text message saying you had fun, or do you not want to show your interest too strongly, lest you seem desperate? Should you tell them about your obsession with cats and that yours is having a litter, all of whom you intend to keep? All are great questions, and don't necessarily have a right answer. But we can still wonder. We've outlined a few of the dating conundrums faced by members of the BounceBack community, and people's thoughts on them:


    Does the three day rule still apply?
    Do you wait a few days till you call the person back? Or if they don't get back in touch after a few days, do you call them back? Or do you just forget about the three days and call them back the next afternoon? Well, the general consensus is that the 3 day rule still very much

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  • Don’t Let the End of your Relationship End your Friendships, too!

    By Caitlin Goldberg, BounceBack Editorial Staff

    When you've just had your heart broken, you will lean on the other relationships in your life. One initial part of the process of bouncing back is the crying, venting, talking and whining you're sure to do with your friends. Of course that's what friends are for, but don't forget that these relationships can be broken too if they're not handled with respect, honesty, and caring. In fact, your other relationships are more important than the one that's just ended - namely because your friends are still around and always will be. So, be sure to be considerate of your friends when talking to them about your relationship breakup or divorce.


    It's a common phenomenon that we suddenly can forget our friends exist when involved with a romantic partner. It's important to be careful that you don't wear your friends out by talking their ear off about your ex, especially if you were at all negligent of your friendships while you were

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  • Can a Trial Separation Ever Re-Spark the Flame?


    By Morgan Vines, BounceBack.com Editorial Staff


    Walking away from a long term relationship stings like ripping off a Band-aid in one quick flick. For whatever reason, some people just can't do it. This week an astounding number of celebrity couples are attempting to defy the odds by opting for a trial separation instead of heading straight for divorce.


    Only hours after Courteney Cox and David Arquette officially announced their split, Arquette spilled the nasty details to Howard Stern. He admitted they haven't had sex in four months and that "she doesn't want to be the mother to me anymore". I guess she finally sees what all of us were thinking 11 years ago when the totally together cougar committed to this bumbling goofball.


    Despite confirming rumors that he's already slept with the waitress who slapped Lindsay Lohan on her birthday, Arquette claims he wants to make it work with his distant wife. The statement they released Monday reads, "The reason for this

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  • 5 Ways to Deal When Your Ex Sits at the Next Desk



    By Morgan Vines, BounceBack.com Editorial Staff

    Ask anyone and they'll probably tell you that it's never a good idea to date a coworker. The intimate details of how you like to prance around in your girl's thong or want your man to spank you can get gushed around the water cooler. And that's if you're lucky enough to make it work.


    Then there's the inevitable disaster of a messy breakup. It tends to turn adults into children who will stoop low enough to get revenge that your career could end up on the latest endangered species list.


    But who wants to worry about all that when the cute guy you bump into at the copy machine hits you up for drinks after work? And where else are you supposed to meet women when you spend eight to twelve hours a day in the office?


    So undoubtedly, at one point or another, you will end up here…sharing a stapler with your ex. But it doesn't have to get as unbearable as struggling through that stack of TP reports with a "weekend came a

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  • How to redefine your living space after a break-up

    By Monique Zamir, BounceBack Editorial Staff

    You're newly divorced, or your partner has recently moved out, and now you can't even make a sandwich without thinking about them and descending into a oppressive, brooding and self-reflective state of mind because you're using the knife set that they bought for you. Meanwhile, the bread you just toasted is already too hard, and you've lost your appetite.


    Never fear! There are things that you can do to redefine your place after a significant other moves out:


    Bring Out Your Inner Interior Decorator


    Don't hesitate to redesign your home. And don't be afraid to try some crazy ideas either. Now that it's just you, there's no one holding you back from trying some off-beat living arrangement. Always been intrigued by feng shui? Go for it; maybe the positive energy flows will help fuel your emotional recovery.


    Confront Your Memories


    Perhaps the only way you'll be able to move on from this is to confront the countless

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  • How to Bounce Back in College

    By Sunil Ramsamooj, BounceBack Editorial Staff

    Picture yourself in college, and single - or even worse, just having had your heart broken. Being single in college and trying to bounce back from a heartbreak can be a frustrating and devastating time for any individual. There are always people talking about hooking up, constant displays of public affection are indeed on display, and your friends are out with their significant others living it...

    Picture yourself in college, and single - or even worse, just having had your heart broken. Being single in college and trying to bounce back from a heartbreak can be a frustrating and devastating time for any individual. There are always people talking about hooking up, constant displays of public affection are indeed on display, and your friends are out with their significant others living it up while you're stuck studying for the next exam on your own. Of course, studying up and making good grades isn't a bad thing, but we know

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  • The Key to Healing? Stop Listening!

    By Caitlin Goldberg, BounceBack Editorial Staff


    There are several common phrases you may hear from your friends after a relationship breakup or divorce. It's near impossible during this time not to discuss what you're going through with friends and family...and you should - it's crucial to helping yourself make sense of what went wrong. You need feedback from others and sometimes, let's be honest, you just need to let it all out and vent!


    However, it's important to keep in the back of your mind that your friends love you and want you to heal, so take anything they're telling you during this time with a grain of salt. Sometimes others may forget they are outsiders in your relationship and say things to discount what you are feeling. Beware of the following phrases in this crucial post break-up or divorce time period when you are focusing on bouncing back!


    "They were Totally Crazy": You don't want to hear that the person you were in love with was insane, or that you

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