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ONE SIMPLE ACT: The Science of Forgiveness

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.



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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