Thursday, January 10, 2008

Just Forgive

The LA Times recently ran a story about the possible health benefits of forgiveness. Psychologist, Robert Enright and other researchers assert that forgiveness is key to healing from injuries that others cause. Psychological studies show that 'forgiveness interventions' -- "short sessions in which the wounded are guided toward positive feelings for an offender" improve heart function, alleviate chronic pain and depression and improve quality of life among the most seriously wounded people.

I've known about the healing power of forgiveness for a long time. Now it appears that knowledge of forgiveness may be expanding from faith to science. It won't be long until forgiveness study (forgivology?) is a medical school elective. Wait a minute. How about a law school class on forgiveness as an 'alternate dispute resolution' technique?

The photo is of a window in St. Ann's Catholic Church in Fayetteville, NC.

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