Spirituality and Health: Are they connected?

Spirituality, being the way that individuals seek meaning and purpose, is practiced by many people around the world. No matter the faith, spiritual practice or religion, spirituality often helps us find comfort and direction in our lives. But can it have an impact on our physical health and well-being?

Ken Papenhagen, senior manager of ProMedica Mission Services, shares three characteristics of people who practice spirituality:

  1. Improved health. According to a Harvard study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, spiritual people live an overall healthier life, have greater longevity, less depression, lower rates of suicide and less substance abuse.
  2. Less stress. Individuals with spirituality have less stress and more resiliency. Their ability to succeed in crisis situations is stronger because they have something to fall back on.
  3. Improved community. Spiritual people are able to form a community with like-minded people. Through this community, they are able to see the world in a similar way and navigate life’s struggles and share life’s victories together.

Learn more about how spirituality affects our health in this episode of Happily Ever After 40. Happily Ever After 40 is a podcast brought to you by ProMedica that explores the joys and challenges that many experience during midlife. Listen, subscribe and share, wherever you get your podcasts!