How Letting Go of a Grudge Can Improve Your Workout
Forgiving your friends can actually help you workout harder and better, reports new exercise science
When you finally let go of a grudge you've been carrying, it can feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. Turns out, this metaphor might be a lot more literal than you thought.
We know the positive effects of letting go of grudges for your emotional well-being. Now, scientists have discovered that forgiveness may actually benefit your physical abilities as well, according to a new paper in Social Psychological and Personality Science. (We know, it's easier than it sounds! Let us help: How Do I Truly Forgive Someone and Move On?)
In two studies, researchers found that people who were primed to think about a time they forgave someone jumped higher (by a difference of 8 centimeters) and perceived hills to be less steep than those induced to feel ‘unforgiveness,' by reflecting on a time they refused to forgive the offender in a conflict. (Want to speed up? Try The Mental Hack for How to Run Faster.)
"These findings suggest that forgiveness may lighten the physical burden of unforgiveness," the study authors concluded.