Why Forgiveness Is Better Than Bitterness

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Image via  Creative Commons with modifications

Image via Creative Commons with modifications

What is forgiveness?

Somewhere along the way, we started equating “forgiveness” with “it’s fine/it doesn’t matter.” That stops here. Forgiveness is the conscious decision to acknowledge your pain, discomfort, annoyance, or disrespect caused by a person or situation, and to release the control it has over your life. Forgiveness is not only an action, but a state of mind.

But, like so very many things in life, forgiveness is easier said than done.

What’s the big deal?

So, what’s the harm in holding grudges? Glad you asked!

Not forgiving, or choosing to hold onto a grudge can lead to anxiety, depression, and stress-induced panic attacks. Study after study indicates that those who hold grudges have higher blood pressure, depleting immune function, and more general physical stress on the body. When asked why, Fred Luskin, PhD, a health psychologist at Stanford University said it’s because not forgiving is the root cause of a lot health issues — from over eating, to not sleeping, and everything in between.

Read on to find out the benefits of learning to forgive!

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