Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness

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Results from Dr. Fred Luskin's Stanford University Forgiveness Project, one of the largest and most important studies on forgiveness ever conducted, show that learning how to forgive improves our emotional and physical well-being. Holding onto resentment or hurt disrupts our personal and professional lives, leads to bad decision-making, and releases stress chemicals that can have a negative effect on our health. Yet all too many of us clutch our grievances and give away our power by remaining victims of the people who have hurt us.

By teaching us how to forgive, this book enables us to move beyond being a victim to a life of improved health and contentment. Based on scientific research, this groundbreaking study from the frontiers of psychology and medicine offers startling new insight into the healing powers of forgiveness. Through vivid examples (including his work with victims from both sides of Northern Ireland's civil war), Dr. Fred Luskin offers a proven nine-step forgiveness method. Participants in Stanford University's Forgiveness Project experienced:

  • Decrease in feelings of hurt
  • Reduction in the physical symptoms of stress, including backache, muscle aches, dizziness, and upset stomach
  • Increase in optimism
  • Reduction in long-term experience of angera significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease

Forgive for Good distills the essential elements of Dr. Luskin's forgiveness training into an accessible guide for overcoming the negative effects of anger, bitterness, and resentment by gaining control of our feelings. Forgiveness does not mean condoning the behavior of those who have hurt us. Forgiveness is a choice that we make to release our past and heal our present.

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About the Author:

Fred Luskin, Ph.D. is the author of Forgive for Good and one of the world's leading researchers and teachers on the subject of forgiveness. He is the director of the Stanford Forgiveness Project, a series of research projects that investigate forgiveness methods. He holds an appointment at the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation as a senior fellow and is an associate professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He lives in Palo Alto, California.

Review:

“Simply the best book on the subject.” (Michael Murphy, Co founder Esalen Institute Bestselling Author of Future of the Body, Golf in the Kingdom)

“Forgive For Good is an accessible and practical guide to learning the powerof forgiveness.” (John Gray, Ph.D., author ofMen Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus)

“I have read many books about forgiveness; this one is by far the best.” (Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People)

“A practical and readable book that is bound to be of great help.” (Lewis Smedes, bestselling author of Forgive and Forget)

“...one of the most helpful, practical, scientifically documented, books on forgiveness that I have ever read.” (Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D., Author of Forgiveness: The Greatest Healer of All)

“A remarkable and essential book that is sure to become the gold standard.“ (Kenneth Pelletier, Ph.D, M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Arizona and author of The Best Alternative Medicine: What Works? What Does Not?)

“Good practical advice for a very difficult task.” (Booklist)

“[A] solidly researched and convincing guide.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Straightforward, sincere and essential, I recommend this book highly.” (Dave Pelzer, New York Times and International best-selling author of A Child Called It and Help Yourself)

“Luskin has the potential to do for forgiveness what John Gray (”Mars and Venus”) did for relationships.” (Chicago Tribune)

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