Letting go of grudges and bitterness can make way for compassion, kindness, and peace. Forgiveness can lead to:

  • Healthier relationships
  • Greater spiritual and psychological well-being
  • Less anxiety, stress and hostility
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Fewer symptoms of depression
  • Lower risk of alcohol and substance abuse


According to Rick Ingrasci MD, when you forgive someone (and this includes yourself), many clearly positive psychological physiological changes take place (e.g., feel warm and more relaxed, sigh and breathe more easily, blood pressure and heart rate drop). If you were angry at a friend, you may remember that you care about this person, which may be why their behavior hurt so much in the first place. (Padus, Emrika. Executive Editor. The Complete Guide to Your Emotions and Your Health. p 85. PA:Rodale Press, Inc, 1992)

Forgiveness improves family relationships, decreases depressive symptoms, enhances empathy and life satisfaction, and it can heal a wounded romantic heart. (Newberg, Andrew, MD., and Mark Robert Waldman. How God Changes Your Brain. p 208-209. NY: Random House Inc, 2009)

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