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The Benefits of Forgiveness

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Psychologist Frederic Luskin says we live in a culture where holding onto grudges is normal. And he gets it. It was his own struggle with a painful relationship that led him to pioneering studies on forgiveness. What he learned is that there are not just emotional, but also physical benefits to the process of forgiveness like lowering blood pressure and reducing strain on the heart. Luskin is in Utah Monday, and so we're rebroadcasting our conversation with him about forgiveness and its power to heal. (Rebroadcast)

Dr. Frederic Luskin is co-founder and director of Stanford Forgiveness Project. He also serves as as a Senior Consultant in Health Promotion at Stanford University. Among his books are Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness [Indiebound|Amazon] and Forgive for Love: The Missing Ingredient for a Healthy and Lasting Relationship [Indiebound|Amazon]

Dr. Luskin is in Utah as keynote presenter at the University of Utah College of Health's 2016 Integrative Health and Resiliency Conference. The conference is Monday and Tuesday, March 14 and 15. Dr. Luskin will give a forgiveness workshop Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at the University's Marriott Library. For tickets and more details, click here

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.