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A forgiveness emoji may be cute, but will it change relationships?

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This month, a charity group in Finland launched a crowdsourcing campaign for a new emoji. Outraged that we have symbols for "I’m angry" and "I’m nauseous" but not "I forgive you", they are attempting to launch a "forgiveness" emoji.

Ideas for the emoji include a bandaged love heart and clasped hands, and are designed to convey a message of "peace and mutual understanding across the world".

Few of us have not apologised to, or forgiven a loved one.Credit:Stocksy

The call for a forgiveness emoji is long overdue. After all, our culture places enormous emphasis on apologies and forgiveness. It seems every week a public figure is asking forgiveness for a wrongdoing, and few of us have not apologised to, or forgiven, a loved one. As parents we are constantly teaching our kids to say sorry, and forgiveness is preached in all major religions.

But it is difficult, sometimes, to know whether or not to forgive: whether we’re dealing with famous people or our own family and........

© The Age