Allowing others the right to make a mistake goes a long way toward forgiving yourself for mistakes. Assume that others are doing the best they can.Forgiveness reduces your stress by releasing the power or situation over you. Forgiving is doing yourself a favor. It is freeing yourself to choose positive things to focus on. When you choose to forgive someone you release the grip of the negative stress on your mind, body and soul. Forgiveness gives freedom from stress. Forgiveness allows you to heal your mental and emotional wounds.