4 Ways Spirituality Can Improve Your Life
Are you ready to improve your life? Well, I've got one easy way to do it: just tap into your spirituality. Studies show that people who regularly spend time in church, or worship on their own, are happier and healthier than the people who don't. I can attest to that. My life has changed for the better - in so many ways - since I decided to make my faith a priority. And I want to help you make the most out of every single day, so, I've rounded up a list of the practical ways spirituality can make your life even better:
- Youíll have a longer attention span. University of Pennsylvania neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Newberg says that regular prayer or meditation makes the part of the brain thatís responsible for focus and concentration more efficient. The mental advantage of prayer is so strong that, in one study, kids who started attending services in the middle of a school year raised their grade point averages by more than 25%.
- It can lead to better mental health. According to the American Psychiatric Association, churchgoers are less likely to be depressed or suffer from panic attacks than people who donít attend church. Experts believe itís because the social support from other church members helps us cope when times are tough. And church provides members with the opportunities to make a difference through various volunteering efforts. Studies show that volunteering also reduces the risk of depression.
- Spirituality also improves physical health. Studies show that regular church attendance lowers blood pressure, boosts the immune system, and even helps the body recover from cancer. Thatís because being around friends, and knowing thereís a supportive community that has your back, reduces stress.
- It improves self-esteem. A study in the Journal of Psychology found that religion gives us a boost in confidence. The increase in self-mage is particularly strong in teenagers. Psychologists say itís one reason why kids who attend church are better able to resist peer pressure, than those who donít.