I can't take and credit for this; it showed up in my daily emails subscribed from Dr Andrew Weil. Nevertheless, it was worth sharing as a way to remind myself of why forgiveness is important. Even if it is only forgiving yourself........
Forgiveness is beneficial not only mentally but physically as well. People who forgive tend to be less angry, depressed, stressed-out and anxious, and have lower blood pressure and heart rates than those who hold grudges. If you tend to have a hard time letting go of a grievance, consider that forgiveness does not mean you have to forget an incident, but rather that you can place a limit on how it affects you and your relationships.
You will benefit from the process of forgiveness as much, and perhaps more, as the person with whom you have the disagreement. This holiday season, take a step back and think about who you would like to forgive, and let it happen.
Much love to everyone.