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Forgiveness improves our health
When we hold onto grudges, our blood pressure and heart rate spike; when we forgive, our stress levels drop.
Forgiveness makes us happier
Research suggests that if you forgive someone today, you’ll feel happier tomorrow.
Forgiveness is good for relationships (most of the time)
Forgiveness is associated with kindness
Forgiving people are more likely to want to volunteer and donate money to charity, and they feel more connected to other people in general.
Forgiveness can help heal the wounds of war
A research-based forgiveness training program in Rwanda, for instance, was linked to reduced trauma and more positive attitudes between the Hutus and Tutsis there.
For more on the science of forgiveness, visit the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.