Is there a relationship between mental health and spirituality? Researchers at the University of Missouri (UM) say that spirituality can enhance health, regardless of a person's faith, and that health care providers can take advantage of this relationship and tailor treatments to include a person's spiritual beliefs.
"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 UM 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."View Article