We’ve all had our share of rifts and tifts with those whom are close to us. I mean those situations or misunderstandings that leave us h-o-t, HOT. You dodge all their calls and efforts to make amends and reconcile, because what they did is just unforgivable in your eyes. While it may be easier to hold on to the situation and stay big mad, I have a few reasons why practicing forgiveness can be beneficial to you.Have a Lighter SpiritWhen we hold onto things, it can take a toll on our well-being and even health. Continuing to wallow in your madness will drain you of all your precious energy. It takes a lot of energy to stay mad. I am telling you from a first hand experience. Once you free yourself of the negativity or ill thoughts towards a person, you’ll feel a lot lighter in your spirit.Now I do just want to mention as I said before, somethings you just may see as unforgivable. But there is a huge difference in forgiving someone and letting them back in your life versus forgiving someone to free yourself, and not necessarily continue in the relationship/friendship.Unblock Your BlessingsHolding unforgiveness in your heart can block the blessings and good juju that may come your way. Now you definitely don’t want to hinder any good to come into your life because of your pride and holding onto a grudge. Practicing forgiveness does not make you weak in any shape or form. It actually is the total opposite as it shows strong character to be able to forgive someone who has done you wrong; especially when an apology is not extended on their end.Hold on to Relationships If you’ve experienced a falling out with a family member or a friend that you’ve pictured being in your life until you’re both wearing orthopedic shoes do you really want to tarnish that relationship forever? No, I don’t think so. Good lifelong friends are hard to come by and you only get one family. Now I’m sorry sis, but that on again off again boyfriend of 5 years who’ve repeatedly hurt you and left you in tears is excluded. That relationship can be let go of. But we’ve heard many stories of friends and loved ones holding onto a grudge from a fight for over 20 years and when they unfortunately pass away, they wish they would have let that silly argument go. Don’t let that be you, where years roll past and you forget why you were mad in the first place.Practice forgiveness and watch things change for your well-being, your life, and your relationships.Are you one who easily forgives and forgets; or is forgiving someone more challenging for you? Let’s talk about it in the comments!