The Power of Forgiveness at Work
Article by Brooke Deterline (2016)
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By | 2017-05-01T23:20:40+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Forgiveness, Research|

What is the Science? While the benefits of forgiveness are widely supported by two decades of research, a recent study seeks to demonstrate the positive impact of forgiveness within the specific context of the workplace. Surveying hundreds of employees across the country, the study found that forgiveness in the workplace was “linked to [...]

The Three Parts of an Effective Apology
Christine Carter (2015)
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By | 2017-02-17T19:41:09+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Forgiveness, Research|

What is the Science? Often the catalyst for receiving forgiveness is offering a good apology. Yet, in her article “The Three Parts of an Effective Apology,” Christine Carter suggests that all apologies are not created equal. Drawing from the field of research on apologizing, Carter suggests that effective apologies may be defined by [...]

Is Vengeance Better for Victims than Forgiveness?
Article by Jason Marsh (2015)
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By | 2017-01-04T14:28:12+00:00 December 16th, 2016|Forgiveness, Research|

What is the Science? After victimization, many people desire vengeance. In well-publicized atrocities, such as the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing or the 2012 Colorado movie theater shooting, prosecutors, the public, and victims’ families often desire punishment to the fullest extent of the law - that is, the death penalty. But recent research shows [...]

Which Contributes More to Forgiveness, Sympathy or Free Will?
Article by Michael McCullough (2013)
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By | 2017-01-04T14:29:01+00:00 December 14th, 2016|Forgiveness, Research|

What is the Science? Psychologist Michael McCullough suggests that when humans consider forgiving others they instinctively engage in one of two distinct systems for arriving at forgiveness: sympathy or free will. McCullough argues that while our “biological programming” towards sympathy can sometimes make forgiveness an instinctually effortless process at other times forgiveness requires [...]

How Grudges Hurt Your Health
By Joanna McParland (2016)
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By | 2017-07-29T21:15:19+00:00 September 27th, 2016|Forgiveness, Research|

What is the Science? Research has long suggested that if a person carries a prolonged grievance they risk adverse health effects. Now, a new study suggests that one’s determination to hold a grudge can actually increase emotional and physical pain. The study also speculates that those who hope for a “just-world” while also [...]

The New Science of Forgiveness
By Everett L. Worthington Jr. (2004)
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By | 2017-07-27T21:37:51+00:00 August 10th, 2016|Forgiveness, Research|

In the past decade, there has been an increasing amount of scientific research into forgiveness. Studies show that forgiveness contributes to the health of the forgiver whether or not the forgiven individual receives the forgiveness. While research debates the appropriateness of forgiveness in all situations, evidence suggests that forgiveness can be healthy for the forgiver [...]