They say to err is human, to forgive divine. But new research has revealed that excusing people who have hurt you can actually boost your health.
from the University of California, San Diego, found those people who
let go of their anger were less likely to see spikes in blood pressure.
They asked just over 200 volunteers to
think about a time when a friend had offended them. Half of the group
were told to think about how it had angered them while the other half
were encouraged to consider it in a more forgiving way. The particpants were then all
distracted for five minutes after which they were told to think about
the event again in any way they chose. The participants were wired up to monitors, which took blood pressure and heart rate readings.
team, led by Dr Britta Larsen, found the angry group saw the greatest
increase in blood pressure compared to the forgiving group after the
first ruminating session. The effect was seen later on despite having
the brief timeout period to calm down. However, there was no differences
in heart rate.
Source - Daily Mail