Health is multi faceted. It is not just a physical thing, but also a mental, emotional and as well spiritual. Spirituality can be applied to multiple aspects of health. Overall purpose, optimism and faith can all play key roles in healing and staying healthy. Spirituality is not a narrow definition though and can be applied to a wealth of values and beliefs and world views. How those world views and beliefs are applied in daily life and struggle have critical aspects in overall health.
The article, “Spirituality is a concept that means different things to different people. How would you describe spirituality, and how can it help an individual to become more in tune with their body?” by Dr Tracy Balboni takes a closer look at how spirituality plays a role in health and also in care of patients. She states,
“In healthy populations, communal forms of spirituality – as exemplified by regular religious service attendance – are associated with many improved health outcomes, including greater longevity, better mental health, less suicide, and reduced substance use. Among adolescents, being involved in spiritual communities is associated with better health outcomes, including less substance use and less risky health behaviors. ”
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