Spirituality correlates to better mental health regardless of religion:

*Spirituality correlates to better mental health regardless of religion*

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[image: Buddhist prayer by Peter Rimar]Despite differences in rituals and
beliefs among the world’s major religions, spirituality often enhances
health regardless of a person’s faith, according to University of Missouri
researchers.

The MU researchers believe that health care providers could take advantage
of this correlation between health – particularly mental health – and
spirituality by tailoring treatments and rehabilitation programs to
accommodate an individual’s spiritual inclinations.

“In many ways, the results of our study support the idea that spirituality
functions as a personality trait,” said Dan Cohen, assistant teaching
professor of religious studies at MU and one of the co-authors of the
study. “With increased spirituality people reduce their sense of self and
feel a greater sense of oneness and connectedness with the rest of the
universe. What was interesting was that frequency of participation in
religious activities or the perceived degree of congregational support was
not found to be significant in the relationships between personality,
spirituality, religion and health.”

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