Have you been hurt or betrayed? Have you ever been so bitter and angry towards a situation or person could not imagine forgiving? You may have even played the event (s) over and over again in his head. With each repetition, their feelings are intensified and worse and he himself feel. There is evidence to show that the reception of these emotions can negatively affect your health. Thus the theme of forgiveness surfaces at the top of this blog!
Forgiveness from a clinical perspective is the process of giving up one’s own sense of resentment and thoughts of revenge. Forgiveness also includes the process of promoting compassion, generosity, and even love toward those who have inflicted pain.
Clearly it is not an easy thing to do. Doctors certainly tell you if your wounds are deep and trauma that many need more time to heal. However, it is possible forgiveness and believe it is necessary. Let me tell you why?
Over 15 years there was a lack of research on the impact of forgiveness on our health. Fortunately, to date, there are hundreds of scientific papers and doctors willing to share their knowledge with us.
The BETTER forgiveness
Let’s start with the impact of remaining angry, frustrated or negative feeling about an event. Dr. Steven Standiford, chief of surgery at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, said holding onto these negative emotions creates a chronic state of anxiety. This produces a predictable excess adrenaline and cortisol, depleting the production of natural killer cells. These cells are their protection against cancer. If you refuse to forgive that not only makes you sick, but you can keep it that way.
Since we’re on the subject of cancer, a randomized controlled trial well ordered and more than 83 cancer patients evaluated feelings of forgiveness, pessimism, and acceptance of himself after taking a course of self-forgiveness. The course teaches techniques such as reflection, expressive writing, etc. As expected, patients who took the course had statistically significant higher scores for self-forgiveness, acceptance, self-improvement, and pessimism lower scores compared to the control group.
Forgiveness helps you feel better about yourself
If you think of an old memory of being abused, hurt, offended or automatically starts to feel ill. The fact is that there are emotional and / or immediate physiological responses that occur when you are having these memories. These responses include:
your blood pressure increases
Your muscles tense
You begin to swell
These are all signs of stress and anxiety. Recent studies show that participants practicing empathy and forgiveness to those who do them wrong have lowered stress response. To further deepen this point, approximately 1,500 Americans who forgave reported greater satisfaction with their lives, fewer symptoms of discomfort, less anxiety, and less sadness.
Forgiveness helps even in cases of severe emotional abuse. Women were placed into two treatment groups; the first to use techniques such as validation of anger, assertiveness, development of interpersonal skills, and the second through forgiveness. Women forgiveness group had a significant improvement in depression scores, posttraumatic stress symptoms, self-esteem, less anxiety, and better overall control of his life. Months after all these advances were still present! HURRAH!
Improving blood pressure and cardiovagal tone is another benefit of forgiveness. Researchers have been able to demonstrate that forgiveness has a cardioprotective effect on the heart. While anger is cardiotoxic, which damages the heart muscle.
Benefits Forgiveness sleep quality
One study found that interpersonal forgiveness of sins is related to better sleep. During his stay resentful, angry or hostile feelings about keeping associated with a poorer quality of sleep.
The list goes on and on. To begin with, forgive yourself, and then move to forgive others. If you do not know how to forgive, contact a spiritual psychotherapist or psychologist in your area for help.
It’s time to put aside past grievances. It’s time to feel lighter. It is time to be free from the past to make room for a bright present!