The Zoomer Report: Forgiveness

Nearly everyone has been hurt by the words or actions of another. A family
member criticized you, a friend gossiped about you, or a partner cheated. These
wounds can leave you with lasting feelings of anger and bitterness.

But according to the Mayo Clinic, if you can’t forgive, you may be the
one who pays most dearly. The head chaplain at the clinic defines forgiveness
as a decision to let go of resentments and thoughts of revenge and to untie
yourself from thoughts and feelings about the offense committed against you.

Researchers have started to study forgiveness. They’re finding that
holding onto grudges can lead to health problems while letting them go can lower
your heart rate and blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, and bring greater psychological and spiritual well-being.

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About The Zoomer Report

Libby ZnaimerLibby Znaimer, a prominent Canadian journalist specializing in business, politics, and lifestyle issues, is producer and host of The Zoomer Report, a special feature on topics of interest to baby boomers and the 50+. It covers everything from health and wealth to leisure and volunteerism, from the special vantage point of the generation that has changed society in its wake.

Ms. Znaimer is also Vice-President of News and Information for Classical 96.3FM and AM740. Her first book, “In Cancerland – Living Well Is The Best Revenge” – was published in October 2007 by Key Porter.

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