Spirituality and Mental Health

University of Missouri researchers examined the results of three surveys that asked Buddhists, Catholics, Jews, Muslims and Protestants about their personalities, levels of spirituality and physical and mental health.

The research, which was recently published in the Journal of Religion and Health, found that among people in all five faith groups, a greater degree of spirituality was associated with better mental health — specifically lower levels of neuroticism and greater extraversion.

According to study co-author Dan Cohen, spirituality may help people’s mental health by reducing their self-centeredness and developing their sense of belonging to something much bigger than themselves.

Read more about the study here:

http://www.philly.com/philly/health/HealthDay667881_20120823_Spirituality_May_Boost_Mental_Health__Study.html?cmpid=138896554#ixzz24UczAcTG

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