Forgiveness is Healthy

Discuss Health in Café Utne’s: cafe.utne.com

A new study shows that people who are able to forgive those who have wronged them are healthier than those who harbor grudges, reports Science & Spirit (July/Aug. 2001). Researchers at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, studied 71 undergraduate students and found that “forgiving behavior resulted in lower levels of physical stress and more positive emotions, while unforgiving behavior resulted in higher levels of physical stress and more negative emotions.” Stress and negativity, they note, play a major role in a variety of health problems.

Discuss Health in Cafe Utne’s: cafe.utne.com

UTNE
UTNE
In-depth coverage of eye-opening issues that affect your life.