At some point in time most everyone has been hurt by the actions or words of another. Perhaps your mother criticized your parenting skills, your trusted co-worker sabotaged a project, or your partner had an affair. These wounds can leave you with lasting feelings of anger, bitterness or even a taste for vengeance. However if you don't practice forgiveness, you might be the one who pays most dearly. By embracing forgiveness, you can also embrace peace, hope, gratitude and joy. Consider how forgiveness can lead you down the path of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. If you're an unforgiving person, you might pay the price repeatedly by bringing anger and bitterness into every new relationship and new experience. Your life can become so wrapped up in the past wrong that you are unable to enjoy the present. Take a “forgiveness journey” by grieving and letting go. Forgiveness doesn't mean that you deny the other person's responsibility for hurting you, and it doesn't minimize or justify the wrong. You can forgive the person without excusing the act. Forgiveness brings peace that allows you to move forward with life and is good for the body and soul. It can lower blood pressure, heart rate, and reduce levels of depression, anxiety, and anger. Forgiving people tend to have better relationships and feel happier and more hopeful. The trouble is, most of us don't know how to do it. There's no manual for forgiveness and getting beyond betrayals, disappointments, and hurts from the past. Life Coach Jenn A. Nocera is on the case and will outline a 6-step program for letting go of grudges. Because at the end of the day, “don’t worry, be happy” makes the most sense. After the interview, please check out After Hours at Jersey Coastal Live for additional information.
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