• "Forgiveness can change your life — by bringing you peace, happiness, and emotional and spiritual healing." Source: Mayo Clinic.

  • "Forgiving an offender leads to lower levels of depression and anxiety and higher levels of hope, happiness, life satisfaction, and self-esteem." Source: Dr. Tyler VanderWeele, noted forgiveness researcher and co-director of the Initiative on Health, Religion, and Spirituality at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA.

  • "Forgiving those who have wronged us helps lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart rate and reduces levels of depression, anxiety, and anger. People who forgive tend to have better relationships, feel happier and more optimistic, and overall, enjoy better psychological well-being." Source: Mayo Clinic.

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Football Player Forgives Brother's Killer
The Atlanta Falcons fifth round pick in this year’s National Football League (NFL) draft is generating news headlines not only because of his all-star performance in college but also because of his willingness to forgive.

Former University of Pittsburgh running back Qadree Ollison's 35-year-old brother Lerowne “Rome” Harris was gunned down outside a gas station in Niagara Falls, NY in October of 2017. A man named Denzel Lewis later confessed to the murder. At Lewis' sentencing hearing, Ollison said (in a letter read by his father):

"Every single life is precious, no matter what they’ve done. I truly believe that. I truly believe that God hand-crafted and molded each one of us. We are all his children.
"Now I have this choice to hate you or not. I choose not to. I don't hate you, Denzel. I hate what you did, most certainly. But I still think your life is just as precious as the next person's. No life m eans more than another's. None of us ar e perfect."
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Learn Forgiveness Skills from "the Forgiveness Trailblazer"
Dr. Robert Enright

A one-day workshop
November 11, 2019

This course on the psychology of forgiveness addresses four questions for anyone interested in bringing emotional healing to themselves, their families, and their communities:

  • What is forgiveness?
  • Why forgive?
  • How do people forgive?
  • How can we bring forgiveness to families, schools, the workplace, and other

Dr. Robert Enright is the unquestioned pioneer in the scientific study of forgiveness. He has been called "the forgiveness trailblazer" by Time magazine and is often introduced as "the father of forgiveness research" because of his 25-year academic commitment to researching and implementing forgiveness programs.

A licensed psychologist and professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Enright is the author or editor of seven books , and over 100 publications centered on social development and the psychology of forgiveness. He published the first social scientific journal article on person-to-person forgiveness and the first cross-cultural studies of interpersonal forgiveness. He also pioneered forgiveness therapy and developed an early intervention to promote forgiveness--the 20-step "Process Model of Forgiving." See his full vita here.

UW Conference Centers, The Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI 53706

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Forgiveness Workshop Inspires Greek Woman to Start National Movement in Her Homeland

If you're wondering whether the workshop course described above can truly make a difference in your life, you'll want to read this fascinating article about one workshop participant who has as her goal spreading forgiveness throughout her homeland, Greece -- Dr. Kalliopi (Peli) Galiti.

Since taking the course in 2012, Dr. Galiti has influenced thousands of Greek teachers and students to practice the life-altering virtue of forgiveness. She has translated Dr. Enright's Forgiveness Education curriculum from English to Greek and written two Greek-language forgiveness books that are being used in the country's school system. She is now a visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and travels to Greece three times per year to continue teaching educators about forgiveness.

“I have learned that people who forgive are healthier physically and emotionally, more hopeful, and less depressed,” Galiti says. “I have also learned that forgiveness can be a major tool for helping people live peacefully and be productive in many environments.”

Read the full story about Dr. Galiti and her work in Greece.
Contact Dr. Galiti at galiti@wisc.edu