Forgiveness – a Happiness Risk/Reward Paradigm—Let go and live fully everyday

Forgiveness of self and others:

  • Reduces the stress levels of the forgiver
  • Reduces levels of negative emotions (e.g., anger, blame, vengeful thoughts and feelings)
  • Increases overall positive emotions
  • Increases the forgiver’s overall sense of control
  • Is positively correlated to better physical and mental health

“…forgiveness still allows for holding the offender responsible for the transgression, and does not involve denying, ignoring, minimizing, tolerating…or forgetting the offense.” (vanOyen Witvliet, et al. 2001, 118)


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