Forgiving Others can Help You A lot More Than You know

Forgiving 

Forgive our trespasses so that we may forgive those who trespass against us..  This is part of the Lords Prayer in the Christian Religion. Well we may have liken forgiveness to Religion, but we can also liken it to Good health.

Being forgiving to yourself and others can protect against stress and the toll it takes on mental health, according to a new study in the Journal of Health Psychology.




Researchers looked at the effects of lifetime stress on a person’s mental health, and how more forgiving people fared compared to people who weren’t so forgiving. To do this, they asked 148 young adults to fill out questionnaires that assessed their levels of lifetime stress, their tendency to forgive and their mental and physical health.


No surprise, people with greater exposure to stress over their lifetimes had worse mental and physical health. But the researchers also discovered that if people were highly forgiving of both themselves and others, that characteristic alone virtually eliminated the connection between stress and mental illness.

How a forgiving personality protects a person from the ills of severe stress is hard to determine. The researchers speculate that people who are more forgiving may adopt better coping skills to deal with stress, or their reaction to major stressors may be dulled.



The sample of people in the study is small, and more research is needed to fully understand the benefits of being more forgiving. But Loren Toussaint an associate professor of psychology at Luther College in Iowa  says he believes “100%” that forgiveness can be learned. Many therapists work to cultivate forgiveness in sessions, he says, and his own prior research has shown that saying a short prayer or a brief meditation on forgiveness can help people take the edge off.



“Forgiveness takes that bad connection between stress and mental illness and makes it zero,” he says. “I think most people want to feel good and it offers you the opportunity to do that.”

Hating and wanting to revenge that person would do you any good  in both your religion and your health. It's really simple if we try to do it.. 

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