Is holding a grudge bad for your health?

Valorie Burton
Health Education
Holding a grudge is bad for your health, because holding on to negative emotions decreases our ability to deal with stress, and wreaks havoc on our bodies. In this video, personal coach Valorie Burton explains why it's so important to forgive.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Holding a grudge can shut down your emotional growth in all areas of your life, say psychologist Barry Michels and psychiatrist Phil Stutz, Dr. Oz Show guests and authors of The Tools. In this video, the two explain why this kind of anger can be so damaging and how you can let go.

All areas of health are interconnected. They all need energy to function. You have a limited amount of energy available. Holding a grudge requires mental energy. It robs you of the energy you need for staying healthy in all areas. The bigger or more intense the grudge, the more energy it uses. If that grudge is part of a larger scenario that includes other grudges, maybe some general anger and frustration, it can consume so much of your energy that your ability to function well in your life is depleted. Your defenses against infection will be lowered. Eating and digesting the food you need stay healthy doesn't happen and you may become anemic. It becomes hard to concentrate so you get passed over for promotion at work. Anything that consumes your energy without being positively productive is detrimental to your health.

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Yes. Research shows that feelings of anger, hostility and resentment are risk factors for heart attacks.

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