How to apologize to someone

Recently wronged someone and cannot figure out how to apologize? Here are three effective and healthy ways of apologizing.

We all make mistakes from time to time. We hurt others intentionally and unintentionally. Asking for forgiveness is not easy for many people, however, it is important. When you ask for forgiveness, you acknowledge that you have indeed hurt someone else. It also shows that you are remorseful of your behaviour towards them. Apologizing doesn’t make you weak; it shows you are human and considerate. There is no relationship that can be built without forgiveness. Forgiveness is important in order for people to move forward. Here are tips to help you apologize to someone:

The first step to apologising is to say “I am sorry”. This shows that you are remorseful. It also shows  you acknowledge that your behaviour  has hurt them and you are taking the responsibility to make it right by them.

Take responsibility

Saying “I am sorry” isn’t enough without acknowledging what exactly you are sorry about. For example, you could say, “I am sorry for calling you stupid, I merely said it as a joke but now I realise my words have hurt you”. It’s always important to show compassion and understanding, because our actions sometimes hurt others even when we don’t intend on doing so. We also cannot determine how others should feel or respond to our behaviour.

Make amends

When apologizing, ask the person you have wronged about how you can do better. This is important and it will give you a sense of the things that are acceptable and the ones that are not. Listen carefully and make it your goal to not repeat the same mistakes again.

We all hurt people we love with our words and actions. Pride and boasting create more problems and eventually ruin relationships. Forgiveness is important for healthier, long-lasting and meaningful relationships.