Sometimes anger is justified, but holding on to hurt feelings can negatively affect our lives and relationships. In fact, a study last year from the journal Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology found that harboring a grudge is associated with multiple health problems, like heart disease, stomach ulcers and chronic pain. Moving on can be challenging, but according to Alex Lickerman, MD, assistant vice president for student health and counseling services at the University of Chicago and author of the blog Happiness in this World, "Forgiving requires us to let go of our anger, of our desire to punish and of the need for an apology. In forgiving we're ultimately seeking to free ourselves." But letting bygones be bygones is easier said than done-especially when you're dealing with a variety of different relationships and emotional connections. Read on for tips on how to move forward with everyone, from your best friend to your boss.
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