In an era of lawsuits, it can sometimes seem like forgiveness is a concept from biblical times. But a wealth of research suggests we should apply the act to our daily lives because it may hold a myriad of health benefits.
Forgiveness is the act of consciously deciding to let go of resentment or vengeance toward another entity who has harmed you in some way (whether or not they’re actually deserving of that forgiveness), according to the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. (It does not mean having to forget or condone the wrongdoing committed against you.) Fortunately, forgiveness is cultivatable — and can be practiced through different strategies, including developing empathy, looking for the silver linings and properly expressing your feelings.