Forgiveness Can Improve Your Emotional and Physical Health

Feelings of guilt, anxiety, fear, depression, and anger cause us to feel emotional pain. Some people turn to addictive substances to feel less lonely, heartbroken, or depressed. This is not a constructive solution as it only masks your feelings with dangerous substances. Holding onto grudges, blaming others and yourself, and feeling like a victim can be detrimental to your mental health. Forgiveness can help you emotionally.


There are many causes of depression. Depression can be debilitating and in severe cases, can lead to suicide. Forgiveness therapy fosters forgiveness and can help alleviate depression. Not forgiving others leads to anger and resentment. Not forgiving ourselves can be a cause of depression. Forgiveness can replace depression with a sense of compassion and purpose.

Letting Go and Moving On

Everyone has been hurt at some point in their life by someone else. When the person who hurts you is someone you care deeply about, the pain is even greater and the emotional wounds are even deeper. If you hold on to the hurt, anger, bitterness, and resentment, you will be the one who suffers the most. These emotions cause stress and wreak havoc on your physical and mental health. By learning how to forgive, you will be able to let go of past hurts and move on. Embracing forgiveness will help you find more peace, gratitude, joy, and hope. The healing power of forgiveness can lead you down the path of emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being.

Peace of Mind and Better Health

You can improve your health and get a better peace of mind by learning to forgive because forgiveness leads to:

  • Fewer depression symptoms
  • A stronger immune system
  • Better cardiac health
  • Higher self-esteem
  • Healthier mental state
  • Stronger and healthier relationships
  • Less hostility, anxiety, and stress

Teaches You Empathy and Compassion

There will be many times in your life where you will never know or understand the motivations behind why a person does something to hurt you. This is very difficult to accept, but in time, you will move on with your life. There are other times when you might get a better understanding of why someone hurt you by putting yourself in their shoes. Try to think about the hurtful situation from their perspective. There are many times that a person has a background, upbringing, or life event that causes them to behave in a certain way. Sometimes they really can’t help it. Understanding why they hurt you won’t make the pain any less, but it can help you understand and learn to empathize with others. By releasing the anger and resentment, you are allowing yourself to be happy.

Reduces Anxiety

Anxiety can be caused by many things, It may include the fear that we have done something wrong, a guilty conscience, holding grudges against those who hurt you or obsessing over past events. It isn’t easy to forgive someone who has hurt you, however when you do, you are getting rid of the negativity that keeps you bound to that person. Moving past negative feelings that make you anxious will help you move forward in your life free of the pain.

Strengthen Your Relationships

One of the best ways to ruin a relationship is to not communicate when we feel hurt, slighted, or insulted. If we hold onto these feelings without communication and forgiveness, what might have started as something small can fester and become a larger problem. It can skew our perspective of the other person’s feelings and intentions. If you talk to the other person in an effort to understand and learn to forgive, your relationship will grow.

Focus on the Present and Find Joy

Holding onto the past and reliving it in your mind can cause stress and unhappiness. You need to realize that the past is over and isn’t happening anymore. Instead focus on what is happening right now. Think about what you are doing now. What are you doing now that brings your happiness and joy? There will be times that you revert back to thinking about what happened in your past. When this happens, accept it, forgive yourself, and bring yourself back to the present. Forgiving others and ourselves for anything from our past will help us move on and heal our mind and body.

Some people are naturally more forgiving than others. For those of us who find it more difficult to forgive, we need to put in more effort because the rewards are worth it. When you learn to forgive, you will lower your stress and your blood pressure, reduce your anger and resentment, and overall will be happier. Research has shown that people who are more forgiving tend to have higher levels of agreeableness and lower levels of mental health issues. People who have faith in their lives are also more likely to be more forgiving as true faith values forgiveness.

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