Deciding to forgive makes us physically healthier [INFOGRAPHIC]

It’s widely accepted that forgiving someone who’s wronged us lifts an emotional burden. But a wealth of science has demonstrated the strong connection between our minds and bodies: better mental health means better physical health. And when we choose to forgive, we are taking proven steps to increase our physical health.

That’s not necessarily an easy choice, though. For most of us it requires a conscious choice and, oftentimes, disciplined thought. This infographic illustrates the physical benefits of doing the work and the steps for getting there.