August 25 is Make up Day, a day to let go of resentment, grudges, anger, and indignation. The unofficial holiday encourages people to make up and reconcile with anyone they are estranged with – at work, school, or in their family. So, what are the benefits of forgiveness? Bellow are 6 of them that should convince you that it’s time to let go and move on.

You Become Happier

You can’t help but feel more alive, more on purpose, happier in your relationships, and happier about your future. Life just feels better when you can let go of the past and focus on what is happening now and what you want to happen.

You Improve Your Health

The mind-body connection is strong, and that’s why improved health is one of the benefits of forgiveness. According to the Mayo Clinic, forgiveness can benefit your immune system, heart, blood pressure, and helps you fight anxiety, stress, and depression. In other words, your overall health can improve and you can prevent future diseases.

You Set An Amazing Example

As you forgive other people, especially the people that have really done you wrong, your example benefits a lot of people. It can benefit the person you forgave and show them what true compassion and confidence really looks like. It can also benefit any family, friends, or strangers in the same way.

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You Gain Self-Respect

It’s funny because we think that holding on to anger is what keeps our honor and dignity intact, when, in reality, forgiving is what helps us feel more honor and dignity in our lives.

You Get More Time To Create The Life You Want

Not being able to forgive sucks up a lot of time from your life. You need to focus on that person, complain about them, and think about revenge. Often not being able to forgive means stalking, especially now when we can access other people’s lives online. We stalk our exes, old friends, and everyone who has done us wrong. And that takes a lot of time! It takes time to search through their profiles or drive by their house. That’s time that could be spent doing much better things.

Karma Works In Your Favor

We all believe in karma on some level because we have all seen it in action. If you do bad things, bad things come into your life and are done unto you. To me, karma is a way of teaching you who you are and what you want out of life, and a way of showing you how you are currently interacting with life. Sometimes we are not aware of how crazy we are being!

In the day of forgiveness who is the person you will call today?

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