8 Good Reasons to Break Up

Love hurts. But sometimes breaking up is the right thing to do.

Here are 8 good reasons to break up:

1. The relationship has no long-term potential.

If you know the two of you aren’t headed in the same direction — and can’t be part of each other’s futures — it might be time to pull the plug.

2. You’ve been abused, physically or emotionally.

If you don’t know how to get out, seek professional help. An abusive relationship never gets better.

3. You don’t trust your partner.

Without a foundation of trust and respect, your relationship can’t grow into a healthy one. And if a partner has irreparably broken your trust — or never earned it in the first place — parting ways might be the best option for both of you.

4. Your values don’t align.

You might both be great “catches” — for other people. If your core values aren’t compatible, however, it’s only going to be an uphill battle. A Christian and an atheist can only make it so far. And a family man and a woman who doesn’t want kids will eventually start to resent each other.

5. You feel uneasy. Trust your gut.

If you’re uncomfortable in a relationship, end it. Don’t worry if friends and family won’t understand. Trust your own instincts.

6. Someone else is on your mind.

Do not cheat. Whether you’re distracted by a new crush or the memory of an ex, if you can’t give your partner your full attention, treat him/her with enough respect to let him/her go.

7. Someone has cheated.

Very few relationships can survive infidelity.

8. Your friends and families are pulling for the relationship’s end.

If you’re not comfortable in a relationship that doesn’t have the support of friends and family, your days together are likely numbered. Listen to wise friends’ concerns about the relationship. If their red flags are valid, don’t ignore them.