How to Be a Good Ex

It’s not quite the same as staying friends, and it’s not for everyone.

How to Be a Good Ex
How to Be a Good Ex

When Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” hit the airwaves six months ago, it felt like a break in ex protocol. Rather than wallowing in soul-crushing post-breakup sadness or fiery rage, it became trendy—enlightened, even—to think fondly of a failed relationship, to celebrate your ex, not because you want to get back together, but because you recognize that they were once an important part of your life.