Spiritual wellness


  • wonder, awe, and needing meaning is hardwired into us and has large benefits
  • Spirituality, through the following, helps the body maintain homeostasis with stress going back to a healthy baseline
    • prayer
    • meditation
    • mindfulness
    • reflective practices
  • Spirituality, motivation, and optimism helps individuals recover from illnesses
  • Communal spirituality (churches or religious congregations) also help improve our "health-relevant behaviors"
  • merely walking in the door of a house of worship is good for wellness, attendance helps reduce depression, and following communal practices fosters self-discipline which is beneficial to health
  • often people who provide services benefit more than the ones that receive them in terms of reduced depression and physical health
  • religious communities also strive to foster gratitude which helps reduce depression

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  • about 3 years ago by vince