Forgiveness is good for you, even though it may not be easy. My colleague, Tony Lobl, the media and government liaison for Christian Science in the UK, wrote the following article which was published on June 6th in the BuzzFeed Community section. I wanted to share it not only with my Georgia readers but with all of my readers. Here is a brief excerpt. You can read the full article by clicking the link below. The article continues under the photos with quotes. Enjoy!
Revenge is sweet…to box office takings, as story lines in blockbusters like X-Men: Days of Future Past, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 prove. But in real life? Not so much, according to visionary thinkers from Maya Angelou to Nelson Mandela to Mary Baker Eddy. Here are some ideas from those who have road-tested the art of forgiving under trying circumstances.
Apart from Martin Luther King Jr – whose life was so tragically cut short by the unforgiving act of another – these visionary thinkers have each lived to a ripe old age, suggesting that turning the other cheek might actually be a good lifestyle choice.
Indeed, that’s a view many scientists also share.
“Forgiveness is one of those ways where we wipe clean a major threat to our well-being. That causes the body to have more time to repair. Immune function goes up, blood pressure goes down,” said Dr. Fred Luskin, Senior Consultant in Health Promotion at Stanford University.