Published on YourTango on 9/13/12
Forgiveness is for you as well as the relationship – find sources in your spirituality to help do it
When you have become emotionally close to another person, you have become more vulnerable. This vulnerability opens the doors for that person to do things that really hurt, which often comes out when conflicts arise. At the same time, you can develop higher expectations about what the other person does and how they should act towards you. This also can lead to unfulfilled expectations which could result in resentment or even anger, even without the other person knowing that they have done something to hurt you.
A recent study has shown that people with increased spirituality have improved mental health, in part because of the role of forgiveness.