HEALTH IM­PACT

In the Moment - - Wellbeing -

The im­pact of con­flict can run deep, to the point where it changes the state of your men­tal and phys­i­cal health. As well as hi­jack­ing your mind, anger re­sides in your body – in­creas­ing your heart rate and blood pres­sure, as well as com­pro­mis­ing your im­mune sys­tem’s abil­ity to func­tion at its best. Har­bour­ing long-term neg­a­tiv­ity puts your phys­i­ol­ogy un­der pres­sure, your men­tal health at risk and can cause way more dam­age than the orig­i­nal mis­de­meanor did.

Thank­fully, your abil­ity to par­don can work won­ders for your well­be­ing. Sci­en­tists have found that prac­tic­ing for­give­ness strength­ens your con­nec­tion to those around you, re­duces your stress and anger from harm­ful lev­els, and boosts your abil­ity to feel more op­ti­mistic and sat­is­fied with your life as a whole.

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