How to say sorry

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To Say Sorry is to admit that you were wrong and that you are ready to make amends for your faults. A sincere apology can mend relationships and heal broken hearts while not acknowledging that you are sorry makes for strained relationships and also reveal your negative side among other things. Saying sorry humbly but without embarrassment is an acquired art. Here are some hints to help you.

A few suggestions

  1. Be sure in your own mind about the need to apologize. Was it your fault or are you apologizing to smoothen ruffled feathers or save situations.
  2. If it was your fault, take full responsibility for your act and apologize accordingly.
  3. In such a situation you also must be ready to remedy the circumstances and also offer some kind of compensation.
  4. Time your apology carefully. In most cases an instant apology results in an instant forgiveness. In others you need to wait before the other person is in a reasonable frame of mind to listen to you and the explanation of your behavior.
  5. Sometimes two people are responsible for a situation. In such a case you can take responsibility for your part in the affair and apologize accordingly. You must do it in a manner so that it makes it easier for the other person to apologize in return.
  6. In the above case you must accept your part in the situation and apologize humbly without resentment and without acrimony.
  7. You do not need to say sorry if you do not think that the situation is a result of some fault of yours. Say sorry only when you feel it and mean it fully.


  • Keep it short and simple. Long drawn explanations of circumstances and happenings do not help matters.


  • Don’t lose patience. Your apology may have been accepted and then again it might not. Just give the other person time and then try again.
  • Don’t overdo it, you have your self respect and you need to hold on to it.