National Forgiveness & Happiness Day on October 7, is a day that celebrates forgiveness and the amount of happiness it can bring to one’s life. While many people hold on to grudges and fantasize about revenge, studies have revealed that the best way to heal is to actually forgive the person who hurt you. And no, forgiving someone does not make you weak. Instead, it contributes to the creation of a much more successful and happy you. This National Forgiveness & Happiness Day, fill your heart with the light of love and practice the art of forgiveness. It will be the best decision you have made all year!
History of National Forgiveness & Happiness Day
The National Forgiveness & Happiness Day is an occasion that celebrates forgiveness and encourages people to let bygones be bygones. This is because being unforgiving will only be harmful to you in the long run and will have no impact on the one who hurt you. To encourage the practice of ‘letting go,’ this religious-based holiday was created and sponsored by Robert Moyers and the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance. The goal of the holiday was “to do the will of God each day and to love one another as God loves us.” In fact, the organizers of the day also came up with a
“Prayer of Forgiveness,” which asks God to forgive others. It also pleads with God to provide us with the power to forgive others and help one forgive oneself.
Not the religious kind? Well, this day is still important for you since the theory of forgiveness and the impact it has on one’s life has been supported by numerous theorists and researchers. For instance, in 1998, two researchers revealed that forgiveness is different from pardoning, excusing forgetting, and denial. Instead, it’s an act that allows you to reconcile with yourself and restore a fractured relationship. This does not mean that you forget the wrong that has been done to you, but instead, you focus on accepting that it happened and then choose to move on. Another study revealed that forgiveness increases positive emotions and reduces negative ones such as blame and anger. Furthermore, in 2020, Shauna Shapiro wrote in her book: “Forgiveness is perhaps the most challenging of all the resources available to us — and the most transformational.”
National Forgiveness & Happiness Day timeline
“The Art of Forgiving” is written by Lewis B. Smedes to promote forgiveness.
Jack Kornfield writes “The Art of Forgiveness, Loving Kindness, and Peace.”
Dr. Frederic Luskin writes a book on why forgiveness is good for our mental and physical well-being.
Robert D. Enright and Richard P. Fitzgibbons introduce two theories on forgiveness.
National Forgiveness & Happiness Day FAQs
Why is forgiveness important?
Forgiveness is a feeling that is beneficial for physical and mental health.
How do you celebrate forgiveness?
You can celebrate forgiveness by being expressive and sending flowers to someone you want to apologize to.
What is the power of forgiveness?
Forgiveness transforms anger and hurt into healing and peace.
How to Celebrate National Forgiveness & Happiness Day
Make a list of people you want to forgive
Throughout your life, there may be many people who have hurt you. Well, now is the time to think of them and free your heart of all the grudges.
Apologize to someone for your mistakes
We all make mistakes because we are human. But instead of ignoring your mistakes, confront the people you have hurt and ask them for forgiveness.
Preach the lesson on social media
Not everyone knows how essential forgiveness is for happiness. Hence, use this day to spread the message and improve the lives of thousands of people.
5 Fun Facts You Need To Know About Forgiveness
Letting go of grudges
Forgiveness makes you happier and healthier.
Effect on stress
Being unforgiving produces the stress hormone.
Don’t be the victim
Forgiveness can empower you.
Forgiveness increases compassion
It makes you more understanding and helps mend relationships.
Forgiveness makes you stop blaming others for your problems.
Why National Forgiveness & Happiness Day is Important
It highlights the importance of forgiveness
Forgiveness is not easy and it takes a person to be really strong to let go of negativity. This is what this day tries to remind us all — that forgiveness will only heal us.
It shows how forgiveness can lead to happiness
The day explains how forgiveness doesn’t make you weak. But instead, it could be the reason behind eternal happiness.
It makes people let go of their grievances
Since the day promotes forgiveness, it makes many people forget their grudges and reassess their relationships with a different perspective.
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