Healthy Action Step of the Day: Practice Forgiveness

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Practice forgiveness.  Forgiveness isn’t just for those who are spiritual or religious. It’s a practice that’s good, and yes healthy, for all of us. According to Mayo Clinic, forgiveness generally “involves a decision to let go of resentment and thoughts of revenge. The act that hurt or offended you might always be with you, but forgiveness can lessen its grip on you and help free you from the control of the person who harmed you.” This can result in numerous health benefits that include improved mental health, less anxiety, stress and hostility, lower blood pressure, fewer symptoms of depression and improved heart health.

Vishen Lakhiani is the founder and CEO of Mindvalley, an online education company focused on personal growth. He says he practices forgiveness every single day because he likes to go to sleep with “absolutely no charge, no anger, no stress about anyone or anything in my life, only love.”

While this kind of practice may or may not mean anything to the person who you feel has done you wrong, it is definitely better for your peace of mind and your overall health. As someone who can definitely stew on something if I let myself, I can vouch for the effectiveness of forgiveness as a tool for better mental and physical health.

For all you know, the person against whom you may be harboring a grudge may not even know it or may not care. That’s why forgiveness is really about you and taking control over your own health and wellbeing.

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