Power of Forgiveness - Forgive Others

Published: December, 2004

BOSTON , MA –This New Year's, an unconventional resolution may be one of the healthiest you can make—learning to forgive more easily. According to an article in the January issue of Harvard Women's Health Watch , forgiving those who hurt you can improve your mental and physical wellbeing. "Five for 2005: Five Reasons to Forgive" also defines what forgiveness is—and is not—and provides an exercise to help you learn how to forgive.

It may come as a surprise that forgiving is a skill you can hone, and that granting forgiveness may actually do more for you than the person you forgive. Harvard Women's Health Watch discusses the following five positive health effects of forgiving that have been scientifically studied:

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