People who can forgive others are happier and healthier. They look at forgiveness as their gift to themselves. It’s not about letting the person who wronged you off the hook. It’s more about letting go of any negative thoughts and emotions and giving yourself peace of mind.
Release toxic emotions. The act of forgiving is a powerful tool that allows you to release negative feelings. Including, anger, grief, betrayal, resentment, hate, shame and bitterness.
Boost your physical health. A study carried out at John Hopkins University shows that forgiveness is tied to lower blood pressure. In addition, by choosing to forgive, you can lower levels of cholesterol. The act of forgiving helps improve the quality of your sleep. The better you sleep, the better you’ll be at coping with life’s challenges and help boost your immune system health.
Research shows that holding on to all those negative emotions tends to manifest in our joints and bones. That’s when we start suffering from chronic pains and aches.
Improve your mental wellbeing. Forgiveness can help lower your stress levels. When you’re constantly focusing on the events of the past, you’ll always be on high alert. Cortisol levels will spike forcing adrenaline to run through your system on a regular basis.
Why not try to replace those negative thoughts with more positive ones? You’ll start feeling more hopeful and even gain a bit of understanding as to why that person did what they did.
Enjoy the present. How many days do you have? Why waste your today ruminating over your resentments? Do yourself a favor and get some peace by forgiving. Remember, forgiveness is a gift to yourself. Forgiving is all about you and no one else.
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