An old adage reads, “It’s better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all,” but when you’re in the thick of a painful breakup, it certainly doesn’t feel that way. To put it bluntly, nursing a broken heart can flat-out suck. You feel powerless and not in control of your emotions, you’ll cry at the first few notes of a love song, and even mundane tasks like laundry and grocery shopping can feel like torture.
But here’s the good news: experiencing, and then ultimately getting over, a broken heart leaves us better, more well-rounded individuals. Sometimes it takes getting hurt to learn more about who we are and what we need from a partner. So take it all in and know that when the tears dry, you are that much closer to finding genuine compatibility and long-lasting connection. Here are seven very real reasons we should all experience heartbreak in our lives.