Happiness & Forgiveness – Friday, April 17, 2015
In his new book, “Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness.” Doctor and Author Amit Sood, gives you the neccessary tools you need to have a happier and healthier life.
“If I am not able to forgive the minor herds, then I am living in my own toxicity,” said Sood. “Forgiveness is essential, particularly if the hurts are minor.”
Dr. Sood said that studies show that forgiving someone at work can improve your life at home. The more you keep thinking about the hurt, the more it hinders you from fully engaging in life.
Karen Schwartz, Psychologist and Johns Hopkins University Professor, says that when you are angry you are in a fight or flight mode. Forgiving is similar to stress management.
Studies have proven that forgiving someone can have numerous positive effects, some of which include:
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Decrease Heart Rate
- Take fewer medications
People who live in the moment are the most likely to forgive.
“It is important to remember when you forgive you are not saying that what the person did was right,” said Schwartz “You are simply saying that you no longer want to put anymore energy into it.”