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Beneficial aspects of forgiveness: What Does the Research Say?

forgiveness on Resources - In one of her helpful articles, Christina M. Puchalski, MD, sums up the latest research by noting that the act of forgiveness can result in less anxiety and depression, better health outcomes, an increased ability to cope with stress, and increased closeness to God and others.

Here are some of the conclusions other researchers have made:

“Forgiveness of self and others has been the most powerful predictor of both depression and suicide ideation.” Journal of Applied Sciences 2009, Vol.v9, Issue 19, pgs. 3598-3601

“Forgiveness therapy is recognized as a powerful method of breaking cycles of hostility, anger and hatred.” Elliot 2010

“Most of the diseases of abnormal immune function are remarkably linked to psychological stress.” Robert Scaer, MD, from The Trauma Spectrum

“We can no longer hide behind the argument that there is insufficient proof that mind/body methods have an impact or are effective. Studies indicate, in fact, the opposite is true.” David Servan-Schrieber, MD, PhD from AntiCancer

“In nurturing a patient's will to live, the first step is locating and treating past traumas. These poorly healed scars drain a significant portion of energy, and they hamper the body’s capacity for self-defense.” David Servan-Schreiber, MD, from AntiCancer

“Recent research reports that “a number of chronic health conditions have been identified as health conditions with social and interpersonal etiologies (originations) and consequences. Forgiveness interventions offer important insights for management and treatment of these conditions.” Elliott 2010

“It is not that stress makes you sick but that it increases the likelihood of contracting a disease that makes you sick. Stress related disease arises because the defending army of the stress response runs out of ammunition.” Robert M. Sapolsky, Handbook on Forgiveness

“One can't begin to address the topic of healing trauma without dealing with the fact that trauma is an aberration of memory. It freezes us in a past event that thereafter dictates our entire perception of reality.” Robert Scaer, MD, The Trauma Spectrum

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