While studies have proven that constant stress can negatively affect your health, making you more susceptible to cold and flu, scientists have just found that it could also make you prone to cancer.
It is normal to be stress or sad about something that does not happen the way you want it to be but apparently, it is best to move on as soon as possible as this emotional turmoil can have a stronger effect than you may realize.
Studies have found that those who have a forgiving personality have better subjective and psychological well-being.
Being forgiving is also linked to less dependence on medications, better sleep quality, less fatigue, and better overall health.
According to a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology, forgiveness is also linked to better cardiovascular health.
In the study, the researchers found that positive emotions like forgiving have a more cardio-protective role while negative emotions have cardio-toxic roles.
Dr. Steven Standiford, the Chief of Surgery at the Cancer Treatment Factilities of America, said that sad thoughts and stress cause a spike in the cortisone and adrenaline levels in the body.
These hormones can negatively affect the immune system and cells that protect your body from diseases.
So, when the body is in a state of stress, anger and hostility, this will lead to the person to be more prone to develop diseases like cancer.
“It’s important to treat emotional wounds or disorders because they really can hinder someone’s reactions to the treatments, even someone’s willingness to pursue treatment,” said Dr. Standiford.
Dr. Standiford’s statement is further supported by Dr. Michael Barry, the author of the book The Forgiveness Project, which estimates that 61 percent of cancer patients have forgiveness issues.
According to Dr. Barry, harboring negative emotions can create a state of chronic anxiety.
“Chronic anxiety very predictably produces excess adrenaline and cortisol, which depletes the production of natural killer cells, which is your body’s foot soldier in the fight against cancer,” he said.
However, being in a state of forgiveness and happiness can reverse the effects and in return, strengthen your immune system and reducing the possibility of developing cancer and other diseases.
It can be hard to forgive sometimes but you can always start by letting go of the painful memories first and free yourself from carrying the weight of resentment. As time passes by, you will learn to forgive not only those who hurt you but also yourself.