How to improve your life through forgiveness | Norton Healthcare Louisville, Ky.

How to improve your life through forgiveness

Megan Feldman Bettencourt on the positive effects of forgiveness and the harm caused by harboring anger

Let it go.

Megan Feldman Bettencourt’s book, “Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World,” explores research that shows the impact of forgiveness on our bodies and the damage caused by anger and resentment.

It’s important to have a way to release resentment on a regular basis, according to Megan. In a recent interview, she suggested setting aside 10 minutes a day to write down all your negativity, then rip it up and throw it out.

Follow that up with some gratitude practice: Recognize three things for which you’re grateful.

Three Key Habits of Good Forgivers

Use these habits to help recover from tragedy, disappointment and conflict, as well as improve your health, well-being, relationships and professional performance.

  • Allow yourself to grieve.
  • Create boundaries when you forgive.
  • Have a spiritual practice.

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