Any time we interact with another human being, we are in a process of establishing, maintaining, disrupting, reconciling, or ending a relationship. Whether between friends, lovers, family members, colleagues, teachers and students, or employees and customers, we navigate a wide range of relationships every day. Relationship challenges can run the gamut from passive issues, like differences in communication styles, to active ones, such as a breach of trust. When we investigate these with curiosity, we sometimes begin to see patterns to the challenges we experience, and these can point us toward resolution.
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.