Dr. Phil says that forgiveness is what you do for yourself, not for other people. When you forgive, it doesn't mean that you approve of what's happened; instead, it means that you're giving yourself permission to move on with your life.

Dr. Phil's Advice to Cope with the Past

  • The pain of what happened is inevitable, but continuing to suffer is optional.
  • For some people, making peace happens suddenly and spontaneously. For others, it takes much effort and time. There is no "right" timeline for recovery.
  • Find meaning in what happened. Discover some wisdom from your experience, and share it with others.
  • Don't expect a success-only journey. People can thrive and suffer at the same time.
  • While the pain may never completely disappear, you can find a new sense of strength and a renewed appreciation for life, as long as you're willing to make the effort.


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