November 27, 2021

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Can We Build Resilience Through Forgiveness To Boost Mental Health?

The Healing Path of Forgiveness for Mental Well-being

Holding onto a hurt feeling keeps the injury or hurtful person charged, which takes up a lot of mental and emotional energy. It's like, keeping it plugged into your energy socket taking up energy that could be used for more important things. 

Letting go releases you from a painful memory or relationship with the person or person(s) in question. It's equivalent to unplugging and discharging an energy drain, leaving you able to be mentally resilient. Sometimes, it's easier said than done.

Have you ever been injured, hurt, or harmed by someone or something they said or did? The shock pain and disbelief are at times more frightening than the injury. As humans, we hate to lose anything, money, status, jobs, careers, and most of all relationships. The pain of loss can result in physical ailments and can bring on mental and emotional diseases.

Through the month of November, the Wellness Competency Teaching was Building Resilience Through Forgiveness.

Each month, we teach a wellness competency that helps our network focus on the improvement and development of their wellness. Our wellness requires attention, focus and continuous improvement.

By teaching a wellness competency, members of the community of practice are reminded of its importance, and why it needs to be developed. Wellness competencies are taught because we all associate competencies with learning and development. Competencies are developed by observation, practice, coaching, and feedback, words we want everyone to associate with their wellness.

The Global Workplace Community of Practice (GWWC) meets each month to discuss and learn about a specific wellness competency teaching. These engaging dialogues are centred around teachings from the wellness competency, and how to improve it in our lives and workplaces. Here are some highlights from the November wellness competency teaching:

  • We all have the capacity to forgive with intention and focus
  • Resilience can be developed and improved in several areas
  • Interpersonal relationships are essential to our well-being, despite making us vulnerable to being hurt

Do you want access to future wellness competency teachings? Join the Global Workplace Wellness Community of Practice for our next session on December 2, 2021, at 10:00 am CST. Register here

December is a time of stress, tension, loneliness, anxiety, and family disputes for many, as well as a time to gather with loved ones and build community. This makes it extremely difficult for those who are mourning or otherwise separated from families and friends. The focus will be on community wellness.

About the author

Joyce Odidison is a Conflict Analyst, Corporate Trainer, Keynote Speaker, Author, and Master Leadership and Well-being Coach. Joyce is the Thought Leader behind the groundbreaking Well-being Intelligence Curriculum™ and WIS® Assessment that identifies well-being risks for individuals and organizations. Her work includes harassment and psychological safety consultation, designing inclusive wellness systems, wellness assessments, diversity conflict and well-being consultations, train the trainer certifications, and relational leadership coaching. Joyce also hosts the annual Global Workplace Wellness Summit and her weekly What’s Happening at Work podcast. She is the author of six books and President of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc. Joyce is passionate about helping people identify and reduce barriers to living their best lives. In her downtime, you will find Joyce reading, cooking, taking long walks or enjoying time with family and friends. She can be reached at

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