Fred Luskin, PhD, director of the Stanford Forgiveness Projects and author of Forgive for
In Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness, psychologist Fred Luskin writes, "In careful scientific studies, forgiveness training has been shown to reduce depression, increase hopefulness, decrease anger, improve spiritual connection, [and] increase emotional self confidence" Research also shows that people who are more forgiving report fewer health and mental problems, and fewer physical symptoms of stress.
If your own well-being--your physical, emotional, and mental health--is not enough, if your life and your future are not enough, then perhaps you will forgive for the benefit of those you love, the family that is precious to you.
Y Nicht so schwer wie Hamburg oder Dresden Father forgive The men's hands grasp in friendship, not in war And the Englishman knows The boy in the field would be proud of his son And the men pray together Father forgive And 70 years on, still the bigots And the bigots who call them bigots Continue to fight it out And another boy, a refugee, sees his city burn Father forgive For
my city, Coventry, and in memory of my father Ernie Rafferty, 1930-2001.
Although one cannot forgive on behalf of someone else, one can forgive for the way he or she was injured (Smedes, 1996).
Forty-three percent of the sample (23 of 53--respondents could give more than one response) felt it was important to forgive for the well-being of the injured, stating, "To make internal peace with yourself, .