We can live in anger and resentment, or we can choose love and forgiveness.
It is the Choose Love Awareness Month Forgiveness week. Forgiveness can be misunderstood. It is an essential part of healthy relationships and is the key to happiness. We mistakenly think that forgiveness means that we are condoning, excusing, or overlooking a grievance or that it is a gift that we are giving someone who is undeserving. In fact, it is a gift that we give ourselves.
Forgiveness means choosing to let go of anger and resentment toward yourself or someone else, to surrender thoughts of revenge, and to move forward with your personal power intact.
Decades of research point to the benefits of forgiveness for the one who forgives, including better health physically, mentally, and emotionally as well as reduced anger and emotional strife.
Benefits of Forgiveness
- Healthier relationships and deeper connections.
- Better emotional self-regulation.
- Less aggression and anger.
- Better able to handle personal/social issues that arise.
- Improved resilience.
- Improved decision-making skills.
- Heightened self-management.