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Forgiveness transforms anger. It's liberating. It frees you from revenge traps and allows you to find joy. Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself because it lets you move forward. It doesn't always dissolve anger, but it helps you know you are so much more than anger.
Writing a forgiveness letter can help you heal from emotional pain. It encourages you to connect with your feelings, and offers a way to express those feelings. You can write the letter on your own or with the help of a counselor or trusted friend.
Remember, the letter can be addressed to someone else, but it’s really for you. Use it to express your feelings. In your letter, remember to:
Here are some tips to help you begin.Think about:
After you’ve written your letter, think about the steps you’ll take to move forward on a happier, more positive path free from anger.
Originally published 2/23/2016; Revised 2017, 2021, 2023
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