Practical Forgiveness Workshop

Purpose: Helping individuals and groups
to increase satisfaction, happiness, and
goal fulfillment by developing positive
psychological traits such as forgiveness,
gratitude, and optimism.

Why would someone be interested in forgiving or practicing gratitude? Why bother?  

What follows tries to provide an understanding of why the practices and information provided herein have benefits... because they do make a difference in the quality of our lives.

We all want more happiness. Aristotle asserted that people desire happiness above all other goals. The search for happiness is a common trait among all cultures. It is said that we, Americans, believe we are entitled to happiness. Our forefathers wanted to ensure the opportunity for happiness in its citizenry when they wrote the  Declaration of Independence which allows for the pursuit of happiness. Researchers argue that this universal human desire has not changed since Aristotle's lifetime. According to one scientist, we chase other goals such as money, success, and power to support our underlying desire for happiness.

Real happiness is not about having a smile pasted on our faces. It's really about wearing an inner smile that radiates into everything we do.

Recent studies indicate that happy people are healthier: they have immune systems that function more effectively,
their cardiovascular systems are stronger, they are less prone to addictions, and they live about five years longer
on average. Individuals who are happy are likely to earn more money, form stronger relationships, and are more
willing to help others thereby contributing positively to community and society at large.

Achieving or maintaining happiness is a process that leads to increased success and life satisfaction. The by-products
of forgiveness, gratitude, and optimism are increased happiness, elevated productivity, and improved life satisfaction.
Like ripples in a pond, these conditions lead to greater connectedness with others, increased enthusiasm, better health,
and an even greater expansion of happiness.  

These three areas (forgiveness, gratitude, and optimism) are the primary focus of Maggie's work.

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