Health with Dr. Paula: Health benefits of forgiveness

Health with Dr. Paula: Forgiveness is health to your bones

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Forgiveness has been advocated as a virtue, which is something we should strive to do.

Now, research suggests that forgiveness is also good for your health.

Many times we try to separate our emotional and physical health, but if our emotional well being is in turmoil there are physical impacts.

The physical health benefits of forgiveness are lower blood pressure, improved heart health, stress reduction, stronger immune system and decreased anxiety.

When forgiving someone it is important to acknowledge the anger, don't think of revenge thoughts, consider the offender's perspective and decide to accept hurt.

Talking to a mentor, friends, or spiritual leader could help if you struggle with forgiving.

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