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Giving Yourself the Gift of Forgiveness

Copyright Carter McNamara, Authenticity Consulting, LLC

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What is Forgiveness?

Benefits and Examples of Forgiveness

Test - How Well Do You Forgive?

How to Practice Forgiveness in Your Life

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What is Forgiveness?

"Psychologists generally define forgiveness as a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness." Fred Luskin in this article:
What is Forgiveness?
The Nature of Forgiveness
Forgiveness: Letting Go of Grudges and Bitterness
Which Feels Better, Forgiveness or Revenge?
Forgiveness (Wikipedia)
To Forgive Doesn’t Automatically Mean To Reconcile
Forgiveness: It’s Not What You Think
Questions About Forgiveness: Does It Mean We Have to Stay Friends?
Forgiveness Is Not a Feeling

Benefits and Examples of Forgiveness

The benefits of forgiveness are many as the following articles explain.

Stories Have the Power to Transform
5 Astonishing Real Examples of Forgiveness
10 Extraordinary Examples Of Forgiveness
25 Unbelievable And Inspiring Acts Of Forgiveness
‘Let it Go’: Applying Forgiveness to Your Daily Life

Test - How Well Do You Forgive?

Take this quiz and see how well you forgive.
Forgiveness Quiz

The following topic includes articles about how to forgive.

How to Practice Forgiveness in Your Life

One of the best strategies for forgiveness is to focus on your own self-development that will decrease your focus on the other person or group that you believe had offended or hurt you. Instead, you will focus on what you can control -- yourself. See:

Appreciating -- to see the value in others, including that they sometimes make mistakes.

Emotional Intelligence -- to sense when you are feeling resentment or obsessing about what happened to you.

Improving Yourself -- this is a link to many resources about developing yourself.

Mindfulness -- to learn to stay in the present, rather than ruminating about what happened to you.

Self-Confidence -- to have the courage to approach the other person or group, explain what you believe they did to you, say you forgive them and why.

Vulnerability -- approaching the other(s) can expose you to how they will react -- you will feel vulnerable.

Also consider:

How Do You Forgive Even When It Feels Impossible? (Part 1)
5 Strategies for Discovering How to Forgive
How to Forgive When It's Difficult
Why You Don’t “Need” or “Have To” Forgive Anyone If You Don’t Want or Feel Ready To
How to Learn to Trust Again

Also consider
Self-Assessments (numerous self-assessments)
Goals - Setting Personal Goals
Changing Your Behavior
Basic Requirements of Learners in Training and Development
Learning Style Inventory
Personal Productivity
Personal Wellness
Reading Skills

General Resources

Research in Critical Thinking
Critical Thinking: Basic Questions & Answers
Measure What Matters: Critical Thinking


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