We know that forgiving people who have wronged us is an important part of restoring the relationship, and also important for our own wellbeing.
Now a scientific study spells out some more of the details.
Forgive and live longer
This study of 1500 US residents showed that those who forgive tend to live longer.
The researchers found that if a person makes their forgiveness conditional – that is, they’ll only forgive if the other person meets certain conditions, such as apologising or promising never to do it again – then their physical health suffers, and with it their life expectancy.
However the researchers aren’t yet sure what the physical mechanisms are.