5 Ways to Cheer Up Your Friend After a Breakup
Summer lovin' had me a blast? Hold the phone and please don't tell me more. Consider your crucial role over the next couple of days, weeks, and months as the MOH (Maid of Honor) of best friendship. In this grave hour, your friend is in need. So grab a box of chocolates, your favorite girl's night playlist, and get ready to party like it's 1999.
Now I know what you're probably thinking, he didn't deserve her, right? Well let me the first to toss the harpoon and agree with you, but in all likelihood, that's not how your friend views it. Regardless of the situation, you as her confidante have a special role in the breakup from here on out. We've all been in one at one time or another, but the crux of the issue is how we resolve it. And you, my friend, are instrumental in this process.
I'm fairly certain you are familiar with this scene from Legally Blonde which features our favorite sorority girl, Elle Woods, coming to terms with her breakup. Although it's not exactly your hour of need, now would be a good time to release any frustrations you yourself harbor. For this to work, you should have (at the very least) 5 boxes of chocolates each for you and your friend. I know it seems like a fairly large amount right now, but trust me when I say that you'll be wanting more after your first throw. In addition to the chocolates, grab all of the sappy cinematic Nicholas Sparks films you can find. Now this might seem a bit odd, especially since you're trying to keep your friend from these over-the-top, near impossible love stories, but this is exactly what these movies are for. I mean, who really believed "the Notebook" actually happened? I gave up on that a long time ago.
This is a crucial step in the five step process, especially after your chocolate-throwing, ever so cliché-hating movie night. You and your friend will definitely need some time for rest and relaxation, so what better way to accomplish this feat than a day at the spa. Now is your time to splurge, so feel free to get the whole package. (You can regret the credit card bill later) Just make sure not to leave out the essential mani/pedi.
Who run the world? Girls. Let this be your new mantra for the entirety of your girl power road trip. Pick a destination for you and your friend, either random or classic, and hit the open road. Don’t be afraid to be spontaneous or add some flare to your trip by decorating your fabulous vehicle in bright pink or stopping off at the nearest 7-Elevin to pick up every piece of junk food available to mankind. During this girl power road trip, it’s all about the ladies. Under no circumstances whatsoever should you leave the house without a playlist that includes Cyndi Lauper, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, and Cher. Be sure to bring a box of tissues (scented) in the event that your friend becomes too engrossed in the music and cries her heart out at the top of her lungs shouting “Do you believe in love after love?”
When you finally arrive at your long-awaited destination, bring out the bold church hats to sport a chic, vintage look for your very own photo shoot. You see, the journey from the city to your perfect getaway spot was merely an opportunity for your friend to let it all out. The two of you probably shared stories from your childhood or gabbed about the latest celebrity gossip, but most importantly, you gave your friend time to reflect, vent, and release any last frustrations she had about her ex. From here on out she is the queen bee, so make her feel like royalty in this special photo shoot that is all about her. In order for this to work, you will need a central theme for the shoot. You can try anything from “Into the Wild” to “Under the Sea” where she can release that fierce tigress from within or channel her inner Ariel. If you opt with the latter, play “Part of Your World” for background music to add a little zest to the scene.
Now that your friend has had the opportunity to digest, process, and release, it’s time to throw on your dancing shoes and head to hottest club in town. But here’s the catch: you can’t just prance on in to any club. While you have lifted her spirits considerably from the time of her breakup, I can almost guarantee you that she doesn't want to see a bunch of couples swapping spit on the dance floor. I mean, can you blame her? So alternatively, you can take her to a gay club! That’s right, gay! Where else will she be able to dance like no one’s watching without getting hit on by some creepy old guy? She will feel special and loved when gentlemen dance with her, because after all, they’re not looking for anything else besides her charming personality. At the end of the night, you will know you have done your job as the MOH of best friendship when your beloved friend hops on the table during “YMCA” and waves her hands in the air like she just don’t care.