Another 2019 study by Stephanie Lichtenfeld and associates showed that forgiveness can help to improve both physical & mental health. The study found that people who forgave their offenders, believed that the offender was “less responsible for the offense, judged the situation as less controllable by the offender and appraised the main cause of the event being more due to situational factors.”
Robert Enright explains “Studies have shown that forgiving others produces strong psychological benefits for the one who forgives. It has been shown to decrease depression, anxiety, unhealthy anger, and the symptoms of PTSD.”
When we look at the stages of forgiveness, it allows us to gain a clearer understanding of how forgiving someone can truly benefit us and heal us. Forgiveness allows us to transform hurt into hope and convert pain to inner peace. However, it depends on whether we choose to forgive the other person or not.
Dr. Fred Luskin explains “What is critical to remember is the power of personal choice and the importance of exercising that choice to forgive so that we can bring peace and healing into our relationships and ourselves.”
Dr. Robert Enright writes “When we overcome suffering, we gain a more mature understanding of what it means to be humble, courageous, and loving in the world.” It can empower us to encourage others to choose forgiveness and overcome suffering to eliminate hatred and violence from our communities. He concludes “All of these choices can lighten the heart and bring joy to one’s life.”
So no matter how hard it may seem now, always choose forgiveness over pain.
Allow forgiveness to set you free.
Here is an interesting video that you may find helpful: