Oops! Did you just stick your foot in your mouth, or did you make a major life mistake that upset someone you love. No matter how hard we try, at some point we are all going to have to tell someone that we are sorry. Here are the top 10 ways to say sorry.
Top 10 Ways to Say I am Sorry
1. Talk It Out
For small gaffes, simply saying “I’m sorry” can be enough. If it is something bigger than that then you may need to sit down and really talk it out. Start by accepting your errors and apologizing for them from the heart. You may really need to talk over how you ended up where you did, and what you can do to make it up to the other person. Reassure the person that it won’t happen again, and mean it. No one enjoys talking it out when they are in the wrong, but sometimes this is the only way to gain real forgiveness.
2. Bring a Gift
Sometimes you have friends that you can bring an “I’m sorry” gift and it really gets the point across. Some people even make it a tradition for small blunders, such as whoever is in the wrong has to bring the beer or buy lunch. This is not something you will want to try for serious sins. “Sorry I made out with your sister, but here are some flowers” is a flat out dangerous idea. For small errors however, this is a good way to help keep a friendship afloat.
3. Public apology
Did you embarrass your significant other in front of their friends? Embarrass your friend in front of their hot date? Whatever you did, if you did it in public, a public apology may be necessary as well. Posting on Facebook about just how big an airhead you can be will allow you to share in the public humiliation. You can get down on one knee and apologize in the open, or make a wacky YouTube video while apologizing your heart out. Just be sure you don’t make matters worse by telling everyone the big secret you had let slip, otherwise this may become your public friendship execution.
Sometimes a card can better express things then we can. Plus that adorable sad puppy on the cover is sure to gain you some forgiveness points, right? Unless it was something very minor you want to avoid e-cards for the most part. A real card shows that you cared enough to actually get your tuckus up, find a card, buy it and put it in an envelope. Really sorry? Be sure to include a personal hand written message inside, as well expressing as much.
5. The Creative Type
If you are the creative type, put your skills to good use on a proper apology. Paint a picture, write a poem, sing a song, do something that expresses just how sorry you are for what you did. If it is something serious, don’t make light of the situation. Number 1 and Number 5 do go well together however. ( Refer I am Sorry Letters , I am Sorry Poems and I am Sorry Quotes )
6. Bake a Cake
If you have ever been wronged, you know how hungry it makes you. Deliver your apology with baked goods to help ease your way into forgiveness. Hand scrawl an “I’m sorry” with frosting on your cake, or spell it out in chocolate chips in your cookies. If you can’t bake then order their favorite takeout and see if you can fit a “forgiveness is wise” type quote into their fortune cookie.
7. Make a Banner
Get on your knees, hands clasped together underneath a giant banner that says “I’m Sorry”. At the very least, it won’t be something easy to forget. Whatever you did that requires a giant banner for forgiveness, don’t do again.
8. Be at Their Beck And Call
If you really messed things up and want to make up for it, offer to do anything they need. Run errands, make them breakfast in bed, rub their feet. Tell them you will be at their beck and call until they can forgive you. Be sure to tell them you are sorry every chance you get or this could be a long road ahead for you.
9. Write It Out
Writing out how sorry you are is a good way to begin, but don’t stop with the “I’m sorry” part and leave it at that. Write down all of the things you appreciate about that person, all their charms, the reason you care for them. Write out how you won’t ever take them for granted again. Write about fond memories you have of times you have spent with them, then write about future memories you want to make with them. Getting sentimental and really putting yourself out there is a good step towards forgiveness.
10. Mean It, Learn From It
This is by far the biggest thing you can do on this list. No matter if it is a tiny apology or a massive one for a major wrong, saying sorry and really meaning it is the key. This means you not only have to say it, but you have to learn from your mistakes. The best way to show someone you are sorry is to go forward and show them how you have changed, and how that error will not be repeated. Forgiveness is not always easily given, but it does come much faster when the person in the wrong is trying their hardest to make it right.
Being sorry is just a part of life. Everyone makes mistakes, and everyone “really screws up” at some point in their lives. True, depending on your personal character the degree to which we make mistakes can differ greatly. However, in a loving relationship, if we want to work things out, we must be willing to forgive and accept.
First thing’s first…apologize sincerely and mean it. This is the only way to attempt to rebuild a relationship on a rocky foundation. You can do it! Just put yourself in the other person’s place and empathize with how they feel. I’m sorry is a beautiful statement when you think about.
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