4 Sincere Ways To Say I’m Sorry

We all screw up sometimes. We forget to let the dog out at lunchtime and our partner comes home to a mess on the carpet. We snap at a co-worker when they use our favorite coffee cup. It’s inevitable that most of us will screw up and hurt someone who is close to us — many of us on a daily basis. While it’s impossible to never make a mistake, it is quite possible to sincerely apologize for it in a way that the other person will understand and appreciate. Here are four different ways to sincerely apologize that will resonate with the one you did wrong.

Be Specific

When someone is angry or upset with us, it can be easy to just use the vague and all-encompassing “I’m sorry” and hope it will be enough. However, if you aren’t specific about what you’re sorry for, your apology will likely come off as insincere. Try specifically referencing the action you are apologizing for. When you say, “I’m so sorry I forgot to let the dog out and you had to deal with the consequences when you got home” is much more powerful. Make sure you don’t follow it up with an excuse as this will take way from the message.