The Pre-Wedding Happiness Strategy Every Bride Should Try ... Right Now!

Relationships, Wellness
Pre-Wedding Things Won't Regret

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Dear Bride:
I know you're stressed, overwhelmed, and probably late for an appointment with a wedding planner who is, quite possibly, charging you a small fortune. But today I'm offering a happiness tip that I hope will help you feel greater peace in your wedding planning journey, and in your life.

A dear friend of mine told me something a few years ago that has never left me. She said that before she got married, she marked the occasion by doing two things: saying "I'm sorry" to someone from her past who deserved an apology, and offering forgiveness to someone who deserved grace. After all, she said, we all have the power to forgive and the need to be forgiven. She did both, and on her wedding day, she felt more peace, and more whole, than ever.

If you're out of touch with someone and it's impossible (or not healthy) to reach out to them, utter the words in your heart. I've done that before. Both, "I'm so deeply sorry," and, "I forgive you." These words don't need to be met with acceptance to register or resonate.

So whether your wedding is next month or next year, consider pausing now to say you're sorry to someone and to forgive another. Your wedding is an occasion of love, and the more you can do to mark the moment by reconciling with people from your past, the happier you'll feel.

Try it. Move on. And dance your heart out at your reception knowing that you did your very best.

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