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.