Scientific studies have found that forgiveness improves the forgiver’s health. Forgiveness has been listed as the reason for
- Lowered blood pressure,
- Lowered stress,
- Lowered heart rate,
- Decreased depression,
- Lessened the symptoms of anxiety,
- Lowered levels of back pain, and
- Increased life satisfaction
Conversely, studies have found that people who will not forgive will have long-term health problems.
“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.
He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Much is written about forgiveness. I personally know that maintaining a capacity to forgive is hard. Nevertheless, I also know forgiveness is necessary to live a healthy life. Non-forgiveness produces no positive results. Therefore, why spend time on it?
Cite: D. Macomber. (2009). One Simple Act: Discovering the Power of Generosity. New York. Howard Books.