Discover Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a powerful tool for personal growth and community restoration. It can improve physical and mental health, heal from trauma, and bring people together.

What is Discover forgiveness?

What makes forgiveness possible? Why is it so important? Is it always a good thing, or is there a downside? 

Discover Forgiveness is a digital hub of forgiveness scientific research and resources curated by leading scholars to answer these questions and make the benefits of forgiveness more accessible to all.

Explore the science and discover the tools that can help you and those you support.

Forgiveness Tools

There is a growing library of evidence-based interventions that make forgiveness more actionable and accessible. From academic curriculum for teachers to workbooks for mental health professionals, religious leaders, and individuals, explore forgiveness tools that provide practical advice on how to walk the path of forgiveness.

Research

Scientific research into forgiveness is a relatively new domain of empirical study. Over just the past 20 years, scholars have pulled back the curtain on this universally human experience - and the results are extraordinary. Discover Forgiveness features nearly 70 studies on the extensive physical and mental health benefits that come with releasing hurt, anger, and resentment and choosing to forgive.

Dialogues

A global community of practice including faith leaders, mental health practitioners, and educators are providing direct support, education, and counsel on why it is important to forgive and the process of how to forgive. Dialogues exploring these practices are captured in this library, including a series of Forgiveness Forums and other efforts to educate, empower, and mobilize more people to consider forgiveness.

Templeton World Charity Foundation

Discover Forgiveness is a joint initiative of the Templeton World Charity Foundation (TWCF) and the John Templeton Foundation (JTF), and is supported by a Forgiveness Scientific Advisory Council that includes representatives from around the world with interdisciplinary expertise in the science of forgiveness and related fields.

Featured Resources for Getting Started

The Relationship between Forgiveness and Physical and Mental Health in Women and Men: The Mediating Role of Self-Consciousness

Research
Europe
General
Physical and Mental Health

Beliefs about the Nature of Forgiveness and Avoidance of an Offender among Chinese College Students

Research
Asia
Educators
What Forgiveness Is

Are Religious Practices Indirectly Related to Stress at Work Through the Tendency to Forgive? A Sample of Polish Employees

Research
Europe
Faith Leaders
Spirituality and Religion

International REACH Forgiveness Intervention: A Multisite Randomised Controlled Trial

Research
Non-Region Specific
General
What Forgiveness Can Do
How Forgiveness Is Measured
Physical and Mental Health

Indirect Effects of Forgiveness on Psychological Health Through Anger and Hope: A Parallel Mediation Analysis

Research
Mental Health Professionals
Physical and Mental Health