30 Reasons To Forgive Your Partner

January 28, 2014  |  



From YourTango

Welcome to 30 Days Of Love, our one-month initiative to bring you closer to the love you deserve just in time for Valentine’s Day. Today, we’re shining the spotlight on forgiveness — and its role in a fulfilling relationship.

Bernard Meltzer once said, “When you forgive, you in no way change the past — but you sure do change the future.” While forgiveness isn’t always easy, it’s an integral part of everyone’s lives; without it, it’s nearly impossible to live a productive, happy life. And without forgiveness in a relationship, it’s nearly impossible to have a healthy, growing partnership.

Here are some things — big and small — that you should forgive your partner for by Valentines Day.

1. Leaving the lights on. Yes, it’s annoying and it drives up the electric bill, but we all sometimes let it slip our minds. Plus, he might have just forgotten because he was on his way to snuggle with you.

2. Speaking of which, don’t get overly mad if he left the fridge open by accident. Close it and move on.

3. Spoiling the ending of Breaking Bad. You were going to find out the ending eventually.

4. Accidentally not introducing you as his or her partner. Yes, this can be frustrating to many people, but sometimes intros are awkward and proper “titles” don’t get said; it’s nothing to be too offended by.

5. The fight you had last week. This is a personal struggle for me, as I have a very difficult time forgetting recent hurtful words and tend to bring them up, which only progresses the argument further. Letting these things go allows the healing to begin.

6. Forgetting to call after he gets home from the bar.

7. Forgetting to call before bed, in general. Haven’t we all had that moment where sleeping “five minutes” just seems so appealing, and we were sure waking up to talk would be easy? But then, naturally, it was not.

8. Leaving the dishes in the sink. They’ll get cleaned tomorrow; it’s not worth fighting over.

9. Not making the bed. See #8.

Read more ways on how to forgive at YourTango.com 

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