Break-ups don’t just break your heart – they can break the bank, too. The average relationship now only lasts about two years and nine months and many people are compelled to revive themselves with a shopping spree or nurse their broken hearts back to health with a much-needed vacation. Amid the pain and sadness, a little personal investment in oneself can be just the remedy to get your mind off an ex and get back out there.
“I would actually encourage it,” said best-selling author and New York relationship expert Susan Winter, speaking about the benefits of retail therapy in the wake of a painful break-up. “Anytime somebody spends money after a breakup, they are denoting an ending and clarifying a new beginning,” Winter told Moneyish. And research shows that spending can, at least temporarily, boost your mood – just don’t go overboard and keep it going forever.
According to law firm McKinley Irvin, one divorce happens in America every 36 seconds – that’s 876,000 divorces each year. The average marriage that ends in divorce lasts for eight years before one or both partners call it quits and the average cost of a divorce in the United States (the most dramatic breakup of all) ranges between $15,000 and $30,000, Forbes says.