How to apologise

First, remember that an apology’s purpose is to repair a relationship that was injured by whatever had been said or done.

A good apology should acknowledge one’s part in what happened.

The apology must also be genuine. A forced apology won’t be a good one, and people will usually be able to see right through it.

It could also include an explanation for what happened, but only as long as one remembers that reasons and excuses are two very different things.

A reason seeks to offer clarity, while an excuse seeks to justify.

Many people tend to go overboard and apologise for many other things when apologising.

There is no need to apologise for your entire existence—merely sticking to the point will suffice

One of the most crucial elements of a good apology is recognising that it is not a speech but a dialogue.

Therefore, after apologising, we must give the other person the chance to speak and tell us how they feel.

Finally, making amends in whatever way possible must also be a part of the process. This process will help to heal what was hurt and strengthen relationships further.