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Rebounds Really Do Help Ex-Lovers Get Over Heartbreaks Quicker

Update Date: Mar 20, 2014 02:54 PM EDT

We've all heard the saying that the best way to get over someone is to under someone. New research reveals that having a rebound relationship really helps ease the painful transition of moving on.

Researchers linked the speed with which a person began their rebound relationship after a failed romance to better psychological and relational health.

The latest study conducted by psychologists at City University of New York and the University of Illinois defined rebound relationships as a relationship where a person still feel romantic attachments to their ex-partner.

The findings revealed that people who entered into a rebound relationship are happier and have healthier relationships compared to those who dwell on their exes.

The study also reveals that people in new relationships were more confident and felt more attractive than those struggling to cope with their heartbreak alone.

While it is commonly believed that it is better to not start a new relationship while still having feelings for a former lover, the latest study shows that having a rebound relationship is actually more psychologically beneficial than previously thought.

The findings revealed that the quicker people move-on, the happier they are and the healthier their relationships tend to be.

"A rebound relationship" is commonly understood as a relationship that is initiated shortly after a romantic breakup-before the feelings about the former relationship have been resolved," researchers wrote in the study. "However, little research has examined the consequences of quickly beginning new romantic relationships after another has ended."

"We examined people who experienced a breakup and assessed their well-being, their feelings about their ex-partner, and whether they were seeing someone new," researcher explained.

"Analyses indicated that people in new relationships were more confident in their desirability and had more resolution over their ex-partner. Among those in new relationships, the speed with which they began their relationship was associated with greater psychological and relational health. Overall, these findings suggest that rebound relationships may be more beneficial than typically believed," they concluded.

The findings are published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

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