Forgiving an offense isn’t always easy, but it’s possible. As difficult as it may be to forgive and let go,
it’s much more difficult (and detrimental) to hold on to resentment, bitterness, pain, and anger.
Listed below are just a few benefits of forgiveness.
According to mayoclinic.com, some of the benefits of forgiveness are fewer symptoms of depression, a stronger immune system,
lower blood pressure, and improved heart health. Forgiveness has even been associated with decreased stress and anxiety.
When you forgive, your overall health can improve and you can prevent future diseases.
Research has shown that forgiveness can contribute to positive social interactions. It can also play a pivotal role in forming
and maintaining healthy relationships and strong bonds. Forgiveness can help to promote an environment of
peace and harmony, making it easier to coexist.
Forgiveness helps you to become more understanding because it requires you to see things from someone else’s point of view.
It can also make you more compassionate to others, understanding that no one is perfect, everyone makes mistakes,
and one day you could be on the other side, in need of forgiveness.
Forgiveness helps you to focus on yourself and your life, rather than focusing on the past.
Forgiveness helps you to focus on who and what matters and the present, rather than the past.
Holding on to anger keeps you stuck in that moment, but when you forgive, you make space in your mind and heart,
making it easier to enjoy the present and to experience life in a more full way.