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Practicing Forgiveness

by Charmaine McIntosh | on June 09, 2022

An article by the Greater Good Science Centre at Berkeley University stated that “Psychologists generally define forgiveness as a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has  harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness.”   According to an article by Psychology Today, “Forgiveness has been shown to elevate mood, enhance optimism, and guard against anger, stress, anxiety, and depression.” So, you can see that it is important for our mental wellness. Forgiveness may be about forgiving someone else, but ultimately it is about you, your healing and moving forward in your life.  Dr. Tyler VanderWeele, at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health suggests practicing small acts of forgiveness daily in order to become more comfortable with it.  “For example, if someone is rude or cuts you off in traffic, use that moment to recognize the wrong, realize it wasn’t directed at you personally, and forgive him or her on the spot. This way you also can learn to immediately stop the negative reaction and the feelings that come with it.”  Want to begin your journey to forgiveness?  Robert Enright provides eight things that you can do in the forgiveness process.  Read the Article


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