Forgive and forget

Don’t keep grudges—for the sake of your health

Just let that grudge go, already. You’re only hurting yourself by holding onto it. After all, everybody has been hurt by a mean boss, disinterested parent or unfaithful partner, but forgiveness—deciding to let go of resentment and thoughts of revenge—will help you focus more on positive parts of your life and find peace of mind. According to Mayo Clinic, forgiveness can lead to healthier relationships, greater psychological well-being, less anxiety and stress, reduced depression and improved heart health. Here are some tips for letting go:

• Consider the situation from the other person’s perspective.

• Remember times you’ve been forgiven.

• Talk with a spiritual leader, mental health provider or impartial loved one.

• Keep in mind that forgiveness is a process not achieved instantly.

• Let go of your role as victim and the power the offending person has over your health and happiness.