9 Steps to Forgiveness:
- Think of a person who has hurt you and that you want to forgive.
- On a piece of paper write the person’s name.
- Write down exactly what the person did to hurt, betray or injure you.
- Write how you feel about them now, and how you want to feel when you think about him or her.
- Ask yourself if there is any action you need to take before you can forgive the other person.
- Make a list of the benefits of forgiving the person.
- Forgive yourself if you had any part in the situation.
- Write down at least one positive thing about the person who hurt you.
- Decide to forgive the person
What the Experts Say:
According to Dr. Frederic Luskin, practicing forgiveness has been shown to reduce anger, hurt, depression and stress and lead to greater feelings of hope, peace, compassion and self-confidence.
It leads to healthier relationships and physical health. Forgiveness contributes to our happiness by taking back responsibility for our own happiness – it’s no longer in the hands of the person that hurt us.
I forgive you because it’s good for me…
What is Forgiveness?
Forgiveness is a choice we
make to drop negative feelings:
anger, hurt, revenge,
Forgiveness is something you
do for yourself. The person you
are forgiving doesn’t have to
know that you are forgiving
him or her.
You can forgive from a
distance, and you can forgive
someone who is no longer living.
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