If Forgiveness is your top strength, you are good at forgiving those who have done you wrong. You always give people a second chance. You believe in mercy, and not revenge.

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Forgiveness falls under the virtue category of Temperance. Temperance deals with strengths that protect us from excess. It is the practiced ability to monitor and manage one’s emotions, motivation and behavior in the absence of outside help.

Key Concepts

It is important to distinguish forgiveness from:

  • condoning (removes the offense)

  • forgetting (removes the awareness)

  • reconciliation (restores the relationship)

​Instead forgiveness is a strength that we employ to protect ourselves from the feeling of hatred. It is a specialized form of mercy; a general concept of feeling kindness and compassion towards others.

The Ultimate Act of Forgiveness

Forgiveness Motto

Let It Go.

Exercises for Boosting Forgiveness

Take 20 minutes and write about the personal benefits that resulted from a negative incident.

Think of someone who wronged you recently. Put yourself in their shoes and try to understand their perspective.


The Straight Story

In My Country
No Man’s Land

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Let it Go – Idina Menzel (from the movie, Frozen)
Redemption Song – Bob Marley
Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word – Elton John
Forgiveness – Sarah McLachlan
Angelina – Bob Dylan Forgive Me – Evanescence
Please Read The Letter – Allison Krauss & Robert Plant
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

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