The Hardest Gift to Give Is Forgiveness

Forgiveness is an internal process that sets you free from negative feelings & thoughts, opening you up for love and happiness.

Show Notes:

BENEFITs of practicing forgiveness

Research has shown that forgiveness is linked to mental health outcomes such as reduced anxiety, depression and major psychiatric disorders. Stress relief is probably the chief factor connecting forgiveness and well-being.

Harmful effects of not forgiving

Not forgiving results in worse mental and physical health, and economic, social and spiritual problems. When kids are wronged and don’t forgive, they remain “stuck” in the traumatic situation when they felt victimized. Every time they recall the hurtful event, they re-experience their stress response.

How do we teach kids about forgiveness?

Become aware of the costs to you

Forgiveness is for you; it’s letting go of any feelings you’ve allowed the other person to bring up in you.

Forgiving others opens up space for growth, happiness, and closeness.

Teach kids to be in charge of their feelings and reactions to experiences and other people. Use the tomato word tool and the “I’m an ass, you’re an ass” tool to not give their power away.

Learn to come from understanding vs. judgement.

Replace (-) emotions with empathy, sympathy,  understanding, compassion, and love.

Contact Dr. Jordan:

Learn more invaluable life lessons in Dr. Jordan’s book, Letters From My Grandfather: Timeless Wisdom For a Life Worth Living  available in both print or e-book formats.   Kindle version  Print version

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