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Does connecting with your spiritual side help you live a healthier life? Older adults are increasingly asking themselves this question. Researchers believe the answer is “yes.” Adults who have a strong sense of spirit tend to be healthier.
Keep in mind that spirituality doesn’t always mean religion. Some highly spiritual people aren’t connected with an organized religion. Others belong to a religious organization and find spirituality within the framework of their religion’s core beliefs.
Difference between Religion and Spirituality
Religion and spirituality share a strong conviction that there is more to the universe than meets the eye. Both value meaning and connection.
Spirituality and religion differ in how they approach this journey. Those who are religious and belong to an organized religion follow the dogmas and beliefs of the group and its founders. By contrast, people who consider themselves spiritual believe in creating their own path and finding their own truths.
Older adults who are religious, spiritual, or both seem to be healthier on a variety of fronts.
The Health Benefits of Connecting with Spirit
According to Psychology Today, adults who have a strong belief in a higher power or a sense that there is a higher being often live healthier lives.
The benefits of a connection to spirit include:
Some researchers say these benefits can be linked to the sense of peace and purpose that comes from believing you are part of a greater plan.
If you are an older adult who is just beginning a spiritual journey, know that there is no one way to go about it. Many experts say the key is to follow the direction your spirit is encouraging you to take.
Activities That Nurture the Spirit
Here are a few activities that might help you tap into your spiritual side:
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