Spirituality improves the mental health of most people according to a study conducted at the University of Missouri. In the study, published in the Journal of Religion and Health, a team of researchers analyzed the results of three surveys looking for correlations between reported mental and physical health, personality factors, and spirituality in adherents of Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Catholicism and Protestantism. In all five faiths, spirituality was found to be associated with better mental health, with only forgiveness predictive of mental health after personality factors were taken into account. Based on these results, healthcare providers could tailor treatments to accommodate spiritual inclinations in positive ways.
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