How to Let Go & Why It’s So Important for Wellbeing

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The art of letting go has ancient Asian roots. Particularly prominent in Daoism and Buddhism, letting go entails non-attachment—that is, freeing ourselves from our desires and accepting whatever fate serves us with equanimity.
In psychological terms, letting go is related to concepts such as acceptance, forgiveness, self-compassion, psychological flexibility, and gratitude.
Recent research has shown a significant correlation between our capacity to loosen our fixations and our general psychological wellbeing. Especially when we have a tendency to hold on to resentment, or when we are unable to move on from the past or a former partner, we can benefit significantly from learning how to let go.
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