Reasons forgiveness helps your health

In many cultures forgiveness plays a role in the healing of the soul. Doctors say it’s important to forgive because in this stressful world, carrying anger or resentment for someone adds to the anxiety.

“The retention of these negative emotions of anger and hatred undermine our physical health, or mental health and not surprisingly our spiritual well being,” Reverend Michael Barry said.

Barry is the director of pastoral care at the Cancer treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia and author of the book, The Forgiveness Project.

He said unforgiveness is considered a disease which can affect your health, especially if you’re fighting a long term illness.  More.

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About The Rev. Thomas C. Jackson

Ordained to the priesthood in December, 2010.
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