UK divorce lawyer, Marilyn Stowe, wrote on her blog today about a new study which indicates a past hardship like divorce may increase your ability to enjoy the present.
The researchers surveyed about 15,000 people about whether they had resolved past hardships like loss through death or divorce or they were still struggling with them.
Then they assessed the level of enjoyment these people experienced in the present from small positive events like seeing a waterfall or going for a bike ride.
The people who had resolved past hardships showed a higher capacity for enjoying the present moments than those who were still experiencing unresolved problems from the past.
“The worst experiences in life may come with an eventual upside…The present research lends some credence to the notion that bad days might make the good ones better,” the study concludes.