Kindness Idea

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Forgive Someone

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. ~Lewis B. Smedes

We all make mistakes. The next time someone wrongs you, forgive them without hesitation.  Carrying anger and resentment with you is bad for your health and your relationships. Learn to let it go and forgive others. Both you and the one you forgave will benefit from this act of kindness. You will be amazed at how much lighter you feel when you forgive someone!


Prolonged anger towards self or others negatively affects your health. It can lead to physical and emotional sickness. The sooner you can forgive someone and move on away from those negative feelings, the better! Letting go of grudges and bitterness makes way for compassion, kindness and peace.

Step It Up:

When forgiving others it is so important to remember that there might be people you need to ask forgiveness from as well. Make it a habit to always forgive others, but also make an effort to examine your own actions and see if there is anyone whom you have wronged. If so, admit that you have wronged them and ask that person for forgiveness.

Keep It Simple:

When you first get angry, give yourself a moment to work through the emotion and think rationally. If you still feel the need to address the issue, be sure to directly address the person you are upset with and if possible don't speak with others about the situation until resolved (if at all).   Make up your mind before even speaking with them that no matter what they say or don't say, you will forgive them. We all make mistakes, some bigger than others, but no one is perfect. Keep this in mind when you are speaking with this person.

Related Resources:

Read this article by the Mayo Clinic on forgiveness.

Having a hard time forgiving others? Read through these five strategies on how to forgive.

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