I have been wondering:  Does the forgiveness process itself change my life, or once I forgive, do I then have to consciously and deliberately try to change myself for the better?

The answer is both.  Our research shows that as people forgive, they become more soft-hearted toward the offending person. This can include compassion, empathy, and even love (service to others). At the same time, when people forgive, they then start asking a new question:  What is my new purpose in life now that I have experienced the depth and beauty of forgiving?  This can lead to a motivation to help others.

For additional information, see 8 Reasons to Forgive.

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