How to Apologize Better

From a recent article in ‘Real Simple’ magazine, I found out that our act of apologizing can be much improved with just a little forethought.

Most people talk on for about 10 minutes and give excuses, when they apologize. “I’m sorry I couldn’t go to the party, but I was tied up at work.” This focuses on the person talking, not the person whose feelings were hurt. Instead, the apology could have been, “I’m sorry I didn’t make the party. You must have been wondering where I was. I hope I didn’t worry you.”

So next time you need to apologize to someone, think of their feelings first . This empathy asks for forgiveness , while also helps you relieve some guilt.



Amy enjoys using poetic language to capture the essence of the ordinary. Her work has been published in Word-Dancers: The Poets of Southwest Florida and Florida Weekly.

(1) Comment

  • Laura
    March 24, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Love this approach – makes it about the other person and meaningful to them!

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