It has been shown that spirituality has a positive effect on mental health, as evidenced by more than 2,500 scientific publications in the last few years. According to scientific research, spirituality has been associated with a lower risk of suicide, depression, and addiction. It has a positive effect on recovery but also in the prevention of, for example, depressive symptoms. Apart from mental health, spirituality also has a positive effect on the body, in terms of regulating blood pressure and pulse.
People who have a strong faith show a higher level of satisfaction with their lives, a higher degree of personal happiness. They also show a higher level of social support, a lower level of depressive symptoms and some physical illnesses. Personal spirituality can significantly affect the quality of life of an individual because spirituality results from potential factors contributing to positive psychological states such as inner peace, faith, hope, mystical experience, and positive religious confrontation with life’s problems.
People who nurture spirituality and who are deeply religious enjoy much more in life regardless of the presence or absence of physical symptoms of pain or fatigue. The main role of spirituality is to help people effectively cope with inevitable life problems. Elderly people who practice their spirituality and faith have a lower rate of depression, chronic anxiety, and dementia. Active religious people live longer than those who are not religious. Therefore, practicing religion has an important role in nurturing health. Prayer as a form of religious practice has a positive effect on health in reducing stress, improving the immune and cardiovascular system.
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