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How to Say You’re Sorry

Apologizing isn’t easy, but with the help of these tips, you’ll be out of the doghouse in no time.


  • Step 1: Explain your offense Explain your offense to be sure you and the offended are talking about the same thing.
  • Step 2: Acknowledge the hurt Acknowledge that the offended person is hurt, to respect their feelings.
  • TIP: Make things easier by bringing a thoughtful gift, such as flowers.
  • Step 3: Take responsibility Take responsibility for your actions. Do not get defensive or offer excuses while taking responsibility.
  • Step 4: Say you’re sorry Give a genuine apology. The last thing the offended person wants to hear is a bogus apology.
  • Step 5: Promise you won’t offend again Promise you will never commit the offending action again, and stand by that promise.
  • Step 6: Ask for forgiveness Ask the offended person to forgive you.
  • FACT: Did you know? The Apology was Plato’s retelling of Socrates’ speech responding to charges of corrupting youth.

You Will Need

  • A conscience
  • Humility
  • A gift (optional)

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