Forgiving is vital to overcoming depression, according to a number of researchers and authors. Robert Enright, among other researchers, found that college students were less forgiving and more anxious than their parents. Why? Because their parents had learned to forgive. Read the full article here.
A recent study conducted in people living with HIV/AIDS found that HIV clients who truly forgave someone who had hurt them in the past experienced a positive change in their immune systems. Read “Forgiveness Can Improve Immune Function in HIV-AIDS Patients.”
The course, “Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace-Building,” was offered this past fall and taught simultaneously at St. Ambrose University (Davenport, IA), the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and St. Mary’s University College (Belfast, Northern Ireland). Instructors and students in each classroom explored the subject across multiple disciplines, with St. Ambrose delving into the theology of forgiveness, UW-M examining its psychological implications, and St. Mary’s focusing on the role education can play in building a culture of forgiveness. Over the course of the semester, the students in all three classrooms came together via Facebook to discuss their thoughts and observations. Read the article from the St. Ambrose magazine Scene.