Researchers and mental health professionals have applied these findings in the creation of tools to elucidate the process and help people to forgive.
25 years ago, we knew virtually nothing about how forgiveness might be related to your overall mental health, happiness, and physical well-being. Today, through forgiveness research, we can quantify, with accuracy, that forgiveness has tangible, positive benefits.”
Discover Forgiveness Advisory Council Chair
The REACH Workbook
Everett Worthington's REACH model is a scientifically validated tool that provides a step-by-step process to reach forgiveness mindfully.
The REACH model was recently the subject of a global randomized controlled trial conducted in six languages in sites across the world — the largest ever forgiveness study of its kind. It found that those who followed the workbook showed significant reductions in unforgiveness, depression symptoms, and anxiety symptoms, compared to a group who was delayed in receipt of the workbook.
The evidence is clear: the REACH model is an effective supplemental therapeutic and preventive tool.
Recall the hurt: Face that you have been hurt, but make a decision to forgive and not pursue retaliation
Empathize with your partner: Work to understand why you may have been wronged, allowing you to heal from hurt and give forgiveness
Altruistic gift: Forgive unselfishly
Commit: Write a note to yourself about who you forgave to help the forgiveness last
Hold onto your forgiveness