Giving Back, The Good Life
Nearly everyone has been hurt by the words or actions of another. A family member criticized you, a friend gossiped about you, or a partner cheated. These wounds can leave you with lasting feelings of anger and bitterness. But according to the Mayo Clinic, if you can’t forgive, you may be the one who pays most dearly. The head chaplain at the clinic defines forgiveness as a decision to let go of resentments and thoughts of revenge and to untie yourself from thoughts and feelings about the offense committed against you. Researchers have started to study forgiveness . They’re finding that holding onto grudges can lead to health problems while letting them go can lower your heart rate and blood pressure reduce chronic pain, and bring greater psychological and spiritual well-being.