Effects of lifetime stress exposure on mental and physical health in young adulthood: How stress degrades and forgiveness protects health

  • Loren Toussaint, Grant S Shields, Gabriel Dorn, George M Slavich
  • Journal of Health Psychology, August 2014, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/1359105314544132

Forgiveness, Life Stress, and Health

What is it about?

The study examines stress and mental health and considers how forgiveness might act as a coping mechanism.

Why is it important?

We live in a world where stress is a significant force. Its toll on mental health is notable. Forgiveness buffers individuals from ravaging effects of stress on mental health. The well-known relationship between stress and mental health is erased for more forgiving people.


Loren Toussaint
Luther College

This study uses sophisticated stress assessment and shows the power of forgiveness in the health. The intersections of mind-body-spirit are highlighted by this type of work.

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