The Benefits of Forgiving
by Mary Ng Shwu Ling
Studies show that people who forgive are happier and healthier than those who hold resentments.
The first study to look at: How forgiveness improves physical health - discovered that when people think about forgiving an offender it leads to improved functioning in their cardiovascular and nervous systems.
Another study at the University of Wisconsin found the more forgiving people were, the less they suffered from a wide range of illnesses. The less forgiving people reported a greater number of health problems.
In three separate studies, including one with Catholics and Protestants from Northern Ireland whose family members were murdered in the political violence, it is found that people who are taught how to forgive become less angry, feel less hurt, are more optimistic, become more forgiving in a variety of situations, and become more compassionate and self-confident.
These studies show a reduction in experience of stress, physical manifestations of stress, and an increase in vitality.
Forgiveness is indeed very powerful and also excellent for one's health and general wellbeing.
It has many benefits especially for those who are depressed.