Joshua addresses Noah's behavior at the beach

Researchers wrote that “making amends can facilitative forgiveness, but not all amends can fully compensate for offenses.” Apology may be needed to repair damage fully, but it may be a “silent forgiveness,” while restitution without apology may lead to a “hollow forgiveness” in which the offenders are treated better but not necessarily forgiven.

“The results suggest that if transgressors seek both psychological and interpersonal forgiveness from their victims, they must pair their apologies with restitution,” they wrote. “Apparently, actions and words speak loudest in concert.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene between characters who have both offended against each other who struggle to find forgiveness.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your experience with forgiveness, apologies, and restitution.

Art Prompt: Forgiveness

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about how to apologize.

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