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Practicing Forgiveness

Speaking our truth helps develop healthy relationships and is also healing for the self. Forgiveness stems from our heart and is a choice we make despite the pain we may feel. Forgiveness does not erase the past, but allows us to move forward. Forgiveness allows us to let go and start living life again. Practicing forgiveness encourages positive change and can help us develop healthy relationships. Forgiveness is an active choice that someone makes that is not easy but essential for our well-being. Research suggests that practicing forgiveness is beneficial to one’s self and to relationships.

Alternatives to forgiveness are resentment, bitterness, hatred, and anger. Imagine if we could replace these states of negativity with forgiveness, peace and freedom? If you are someone who has struggled or is currently struggling with forgiving someone in your life, there are ways to progress past the pain.

There are numerous benefits of practicing forgiveness including improved relationships, reduced stress levels, less depression, prevent anxiety disorders and increase happiness.

Studies show that practicing this skill can also reduce stress levels, increase happiness, reduce anxiety disorders and is good for your social health. Forgiveness does not necessarily mean reconciling with the person who hurt you although that is certainly possible. Simply begin by acknowledging that you have been hurt by another person or situation then practice these steps to forgive.


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