Health Benefits Associated With Forgiveness
Above all else, the forgiveness you give yourself is the self-administered love and acceptance that solves half of your issues.
At the heart of your well-being lies the act of forgiving yourself. This act of self-compassion and acceptance is the key to unlocking a myriad of health issues that trouble your mind and body. It is the gentle touch of kindness that soothes your wounded soul, and the embrace of unconditional love that nurtures your innermost being.
For in forgiving yourself, you release the burdens of self-blame and shame and pave the way for healing and growth. So let go of the past, and embrace the present moment with a heart full of forgiveness and a mind at peace
Holding onto grudges and conflicts can harm us physically and emotionally, affecting our health in ways we may not even realize.
Forgiveness can help calm stress levels and promote better health. So, it’s important to let go of grudges and choose forgiveness for the sake of our physical and emotional health.
Studies show that forgiveness can have significant health benefits, such as reducing the risk of heart disease, improving cholesterol levels and sleep quality, and lowering levels of anxiety, depression, and stress. As we age, forgiveness becomes even more important for our well-being. Holding onto negative emotions and chronic anger can trigger a fight-or-flight response, which can increase the risk of health problems like depression, heart disease, and diabetes.
Dr. Karen Lee Swartz, director of the Mood Disorders Adult Consultation Clinic at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, suggests that “chronic anger puts you into a fight-or-flight mode, which results in numerous changes in heart rate, blood pressure, and immune response." Those changes, then, increase the risk of depression, heart disease, and diabetes, among other conditions. Forgiveness, however, calms stress levels, leading to improved health.