People tend to think of forgiveness as “letting the other person off the hook.” Not so! Forgiveness is about an attitude toward the self and others that frees us to move forward instead of remaining stuck in suffering. While there are many differing philosophies about the source, purpose, and function of forgiveness, it is commonly considered a central tenet of spiritual life as well as psychological health, allowing for a future unburdened by negative emotions in response to perceived offenses. It can be cultivated by intentional practices of release or can develop through acceptance over time.

Fake Forgiveness Is Toxic for Relationships

Accepting an apology or brushing off a slight can benefit the offender and the offended alike—but only if you really commit to it.

Fred Luskin on Overcoming the Pain of Intimacy

The director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects explores how to cope with the pain of a fight with someone we love.

Forgiveness: The Secret to a Healthy Relationship

Scientists who study forgiveness have long agreed that it is one of the most important contributors to a healthy relationship. Studies have shown that couples who practice forgiveness are more likely to enjoy longer, more satisfying romantic relationships.

How to Forgive Someone Who Has Hurt You: In 15 Steps

Forgiving others is essential for spiritual growth. Your experience of someone who has hurt you, while painful, is now nothing more that a thought or feeling that you carry around.

How to Rebuild Trust After a Betrayal

Trust is an essential component of a strong relationship, but it doesn’t happen quickly. And once it’s broken, it’s hard to rebuild.

How to Rebuild Trust with Someone Who Hurt You

Four steps to restore trust and repair a damaged relationship.

Two Magic Words That Keep Relationships Together

Without these two words, marriage, friendship and family can fall apart.

Abandonment Triggered: 6 Reminders for When Reactivity Strikes

Abandonment is a nasty Sonofab*tch to deal with.