How to Give a Meaningful Apology: Not that trig, chemistry, and Latin aren't important, but long term for a happy life there are other skills that may be even more crucial for teens to learn. One good example is how to give a meaningful apology. It should include: 1. A statement of regret for having caused the inconvenience, hurt or damage. 2. An acceptance of responsibility for your actions. 3. A statement of your willingness to take some action to remedy the situation.