A couple kisses following the midday Chupinazo rocket announcing the start of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona
A couple kisses following the midday Chupinazo rocket announcing the start of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 6, 2014. Tens of thousands of expectant party goers holding red scarves squeeze into the town hall to kick off 204 hours of music, dancing, drinking, bullfighting and for the brave or unwary, an 825 metre (902 yard) daily sprint in front of six fighting bulls known as the Running Of The Bulls. REUTERS/Vincent West (SPAIN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY ANIMALS SOCIETY) Reuters

Wallowing after a break up is the best thing to get over the heartbreak, a new study published in the Social, Psychological and Social Science reveals. The study found that people who actually reflected on their relationships and separation could recover from the trauma faster, as well as experienced positive effects on their psychological wellbeing.

For the study, 210 single adults who separated from their partners were taken into consideration. Most of them were in relationships from one and a half to two years, then broke up with their partners six months prior to the study. They were divided into two groups and their behaviours were analysed for a period of nine weeks. Within that period, the first group underwent nine surveys that included interviews about their feelings and their relationships. They were also asked to express themselves and record their emotions in private. The other group completed only two surveys. At the end of nine weeks, the group with the most number of surveys were emotionally better and experienced an overall recovery from their break up. There was no significant change in the emotional well being of the other group.

"At first glance, it might seem like repeatedly reminding participants that they had just broken up - and asking them to describe the breakup over and over - might delay recovery," said lead researcher Grace Larson of Northwestern University.

The study and the interviews helped the participants analyse the past and gain clarity about themselves. The study mostly involved finding one's self, which usually does not happen after a break up. The study focused on "self-concept reorganization," which helps you redefine and understand yourself as a person--without the thoughts of your ex defining you. This reduces loneliness and emotional distress. Larson explains that when one is emotionally dependent on another, it is hard to let go of certain memories.

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