Monday Tip: Forgive someone

The Chief Happiness Officer's monday tipsThere’s a theme on the blog this week: Forgiveness.

This is not something we see often in the workplace. It’s certainly not a practice that we speak off often, teach much in seminars, or ask about in new hires.

But it is still a hugely important strength that some people possess and some don’t. The ability to forgive others, is one of the virtues that lead to a happy life.

And that is why this week’s Monday Tip is to forgive someone at work. I’m sure that at some point, someone has done something that annoyed you, inconvenienced you or made you mad at work.

Forgive’em for that. Right now. I’m not saying you need to forgive everyone who’s ever slighted you for everything they’ve ever done. No, no, just pick one thing that one person has done and then simply forgive him or her for that. Don’t tell them that they’re forgiven – this is not about them it’s about you. Just let it show in your actions and your behavior, that you no longer hold that against them.

Choose one person and one act, and then forgive that person for that act. Once and for all, never to let that particular grudge return. Remember, you can still hang on to all your other grudges.

Then notice how it feels to have forgiven. Then write a comment and tell me about it – I’d really like to know :o)

The Chief Happiness Officer’s Monday tips are simple, easy, fun things you can do to make yourself and others happy at work and get the work-week off to a great start. Something everyone can do in five minutes, tops. When you try it, write a comment here to tell me how it went.

Previous monday tips.

6 thoughts on “Monday Tip: Forgive someone”

  1. I just tried to forgive someone who has kept me angry for about 6 years on and off at work. I feel terrible! I feel like I am the one who has to make concessions all the time.

  2. Alex, Thanks for a very meaningful post.

    Workplace often becomes a war ground of reciprocating acts and forgiveness at workplace is a forgotten notion. I have experienced it myself that “forgive and move on” is the best strategy to stay focused on your work, because at the end of the day, your work extends happiness (if you love what you do, that is).

    Most of the times, forgiving and moving on is associated with a weak personality at workplace – but as you rightly say, it is more about us and less about what they think. It is more of a selfish act than a selfless one.

    Forgiveness has a therapeutic effect on stress. I recollect a quote from Mark Twain – “Forgiveness is the fragrance that a violet sheds on the heel that crushed it”. Superb!

    Thanks again!

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