Dr. Frederic Luskin, Project Director, Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention, Stanford University, is involved in a very fascinating area of mind-body medicine…Forgiveness.

At this point one may be tempted to think that Dr. Luskin and his research team are merely exploring a theme that has been the focus of various religious traditions for millennia, and there is a thematic correlation.  However, Dr. Luskin and his team are researching the formidable emerging evidence on the medical necessity for appropriately addressing “unresolved anger and blame for past hurt or offense”  and the “immeasurable physical and emotional health problems in people’s live” due to lack of forgiveness.

Dr. Luskin and his researchers also state that “All major religious traditions and wisdoms extol the value of forgiveness.  Forgiveness has been advocated for centuries as a balm for hurt and angry feelings.  Yet effective means for engendering forgiveness as a way of dealing with life’s problems has often been lacking…Professionals have observed from clinical practice that clients who were able to forgive saw improvement in psychological and sometimes physical health.  Many sources suggest that forgiveness can lead to decreased anger, depression and anxiety, and stress as well as enhanced well being, including peace of mind.”

The Stanford Forgiveness Project defines forgiveness in the following manner:

“Forgiveness consists primarily of taking less personal offense, reducing anger, the blaming of the offender, and developing increased understanding of situations that often lead to feeling hurt and anger.”

The Stanford team also believes that people can be trained in new ways to think and feel about hurts from the past and in the present.  Their work has substantive implications for health-care.  They would like to see forgiveness training offered as part of primary, acute, and chronic care programs.

Along with the exciting studies being offered at the Stanford Forgiveness Project, I have studied the research in many areas of mind-body medicine and its impact upon stress management.  Your company or group would benefit substantially from knowing the significant correlational evidence of how what we think or believe controls our autobiographical narratives and living lives of deep and rich satisfaction.