Research on Spirituality, Religion and Health.

logo1267406_mdA new study published in Psychology of Religion and Spirituality concluded that religion and spirituality have distinct but complementary influences on health. The researchers are tying to understand religion, spirituality and health and developed a theoretical model to define spirituality and religion. They say religiousness included formal religious affiliation and service attendance and is associated with better health habits, such as lower smoking ratesand reduced alcohol consumption. Spirituality, including meditation and private prayer, helps regulate emotions, which aids physiological effects such  as blood pressure. The researchers say ther can be some influence of religion and spirituality on health and more research is needed to test the theory and examine contrasts between the two pathways in order to improve research.

 

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