Spirituality is referred to as a broad term. Its literal meanings are being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things. But in simpler words, spirituality is being beyond the physical state of humans and connecting to the world as a whole. Different religions have different definitions of spirituality. Here we will share with you some key points on how are spirituality and wellbeing related. And how one’s well being is improved when he or she is connected spiritually.
How Are Spirituality And Wellbeing Related?
A deep connection has been found between spirituality and wellbeing. It is seen that stressful minds find comfort and relief in religious activities. Every religion has given its ways to find God and connect to Him. However, the ultimate goal of the human is to worship God. Find ways to connect to Him and do good deeds to become a better human being. According to a study, those who are more religious or spiritual and use their spirituality to cope with life’s challenges, enjoy numerous health and well-being benefits.
Types of Spirituality
There are so many religions in the world that support spirituality. These religions have their traditions and practices. Here we will name a few of them:
Religion And Health
People with greater religious attachment and sanctity are found to have fewer illnesses. They also tend to have lower cancer and heart attack rates, faster recovery from illness or surgery, and higher pain tolerance. Other factors that contribute to improving the well being of religiously strong people are :
- Positive emotions
- Better social support
- Greater ability to forgive
- More volunteer service to others
- Increased use of meditation and prayer
These factors strongly influence women as compared to men. Apart from that, increasing longevity is possible if one has active participation in religious acts. One doesn’t need to attend all the religious services. As it is a personal act one can attain spirituality on his own. But one usually requires a spiritual teacher or master to help in understanding the challenges in a better way.
Prayer And Wellbeing
William James a renowned psychologist coined the term “the very soul and essence of religion”. He was of the view that prayer was the soul of the religion. Almost all major religions of the world emphasize prayers. Apart from that, they conclude it to be the core of religious practices. Yet the psychology of prayer has been almost completely unexplored until now.
Researches have found that praying is not a uniform behaviour. They have identified 6 types of prayers:
- Adoration: Focused on worshipping God without any desires and need.
- Thanksgiving: Expressing gratitude, thanks and respect to God.
- Petitionary or supplication: The prayers that involve asking for help from God in matters of life.
- Confession: The prayer in which one admits his wrongdoing, negative behaviour and sins. And seeks forgiveness from God.
- Reception: Expressing a thoughtful or passive openness to heavenly insight or guidance.
- Obligatory prayers: In several religions like Islam and Judaism, there are repeated ritualistic prayers. To conclude, these prayers are performed at the same time each day and are considered an obligatory part of religion.
The question of how prayer improves personal well-being is complicated because researchers first have to distinguish between the types and modes of prayer.
Religion And Social Support
Social support is considered to be the most powerful factor contributing to the well-being of an individual. Likewise, social support has a great influence on stress and the immune system. Moreover, the religious community can be a significant component contributing to positive physical health and wellbeing.
Religion and Coping Strategies
Religious coping studies have identified a wide range of techniques for managing life stress and problems. Religion may give hope, explain reasons for inexperienced and undesirable pressures, help people to put their life in broader society, and give new meanings and purposes. Moreover, Religious coping mechanisms can also encourage forgiveness. It can help reduce hatred and bad feelings towards other people. Prayer is a clear way of faith-like coping.