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MACS325: Forgiveness

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Melissa Creagan

on 28 November 2012

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Transcript of MACS325: Forgiveness

Notes Place your own picture
behind this frame! Double click to crop it if necessary San Francisco Budapest Important
Details (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr (cc) photo by Franco Folini on Flickr (cc) photo by jimmyharris on Flickr Stockholm (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr Assets map details doodles notes outlook photo frame Exercise 3: Your very own forgivness Quote

"Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much."
Oscar Wilde

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
Mahatma Gandhi

"Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future."
Paul Boose

"True forgiveness is not an action after the fact, it is an attitude with which you enter each moment."
David Ridge

"To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness."
Robert Muller DEFINITION OF FORGIVENESS Quotes of forgiveness

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind" Gandhi.

"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned." Buddha

"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and realise that prisoner was you" Lewis B. Smedes Reference's and usefull forgivness sites


Mayo Clinic Staff, 2011, Adult health, Forgiveness: Letting go of grudges and bitterness, 6/04/2012. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/forgiveness/MH00131

Orloff, J 2011, Emotional Freedom, The Power of Forgiveness: Why revenge doesn't work. 6/04/2012, file:///Users/melissacreagan/Documents/The%20Power%20of%20Forgiveness:%20Why%20Revenge%20Doesn't%20Work%20%7C%20Psychology%20Today.webarchive

McCullough, M. E., Root, L. M., Tabak, B., & Witvliet, C. v. O. (2009). Forgiveness. In S. J. Lopez (Ed.), Handbook of Positive Psychology (2nd ed.). (pp. 427-435). New York: Oxford.


http://makingaustraliahappy.abc.net.au/positivepsychology.php For the following exercises, please refer to class handout.

Exercise 1: Forgiveness Letter

Exercise 2: Someone forgiving you

Exercise 3: Constructing quotes Forgiveness is a paradigm-shifting solution for transforming anger. It liberates you from the trap of endless revenge so that you can experience more joy and connection.Forgiveness does more for you then anyone else as it liberates you from negativity and lets you move forward.McCullough describes it as involving the overcoming of one’s relationship-destructive responses toward a transgressor with the relationship-appropriate prosocial responses. What Forgiveness Is NOT Reconciliation
Pardoning their actions
Condoning their actions
Excusing their actions
The denial of harm
Forgeting the hurt Significance of Forgiveness and Happinesss The flipside of forgiveness is resentment.
Studies have shown that resentment is associated with increased blood pressure, heart disease, increased cortisol levels and neurological changes in brain structure.
There are strong connections to show that resentment leads to unhappiness, however, there are also studies which have found that forgiveness can increase well-being.
More studies are being done which reveal that those who forgive have improved relationships, fewer health problems, lower incidence of the most serious illness, reduced depression, and gain self-confidence, vitality, and hope.
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