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Forgiveness transforms anger. It's liberating. It frees you from the trap of revenge and allows you to find joy. Forgiveness is a gift you give to 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 helps you heal from emotional pain. It helps you connect with your feelings and offers an outlet for expressing those feelings. You can write the letter on your own or with the help of a counselor or trusted friend.
Remember, the letter may be addressed to someone else, but it’s really for you. Write it so it expresses your feelings. Just remember to include these elements in your letter.
Here are some tips to help you get started.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
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