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Strengths Spotlight #21: Forgiveness


Thanks for joining us for another spotlight on one of your 24 character strengths. We hope to provide a focus for you as you go through your day, and hope to support a specific strength ‘lens’ in your conversations and activities.

Being aware of, spotting and intentionally using character strengths supports wellbeing in individuals, and helps to build and deepen relationships.

Today’s spotlight is on ForgivenessBelow is a summary of key resources and ideas from the podcast.

FORGIVENESS

  • Mercy.
  • Letting go of grudges and forgiving others who have made mistakes.

Forgiveness is a strength which is closely related to other strengths of Temperance, including Self Control and Modesty. These strengths are about tackling temptation and managing emotions and behaviour.

Forgiveness is a strength which is closely related to other strengths of Temperance, including Self Control and Modesty. These strengths are about tackling temptation and managing emotions and behaviour.

SOME SUGGESTED FORGIVENESS ACTIVITIES

  • With young people; notice examples of people being forgiven and engage in conversation about how this feels.
  • Think of a time when you forgave somebody – consider if you are better off for it?
  • Activities which promote empathy are helpful in talking and learning about forgiveness; picture storybooks are a great way to begin.
  • Write a story about forgiving someone and be sure to reflect on the impact this action has.
  • For adults; spend some time talking or thinking or journaling about your own forgiveness beliefs, patterns and behaviour. Ask yourself how these are serving you and your wellbeing.

TRY THESE THREE THINGS

  1. Book
    The Book of Forgiving, Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  2. Kid's Book
    Horrible Bear! Ame Dyckman
  3. Website
    Forgiveness Quiz, Greater Good Science Centre

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