Spiritual Health

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Anxiety (Panic Disorders, Phobias)
Mental & Emotional Health
Spiritual Health

Prayer Eases Anxiety for Some, But Not All

Posted by Sondra Forsyth

For many people with anxiety-related disorders, prayer doesn't ease the symptoms. That’s the finding of research done at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. What seems to matter is the type of attachment a person feels toward God. According to the Baylor study, those who prayed to a loving and supportive God whom they thought would be there to comfort and protect them in times of need were less likely to show symptoms of anxiety-related disorders such as irrational worry, fear, self-consciousness, dread in social situations, and obsessive-compulsive behavior.

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Aging Well
Spiritual Health

Religious Music Lifts Our Spirits as We Age

Posted by Sondra Forsyth

If you need an emotional lift, try listening to hymns. Better yet, choose gospel music. A team of researchers from four top universities reports that listening to religious music is associated with a decrease in anxiety about death and increases in life satisfaction, self-esteem, and sense of control over our lives as we age. In particular, listening to gospel music is linked to reducing anxiety about death and an increase in sense of control.

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Aging Well
Spiritual Health
Well-being

Religion + Spirituality = Healthier Aging

Posted by Sondra Forsyth

Religion and spirituality have distinct but complementary influences on health as we age, according to research done at Oregon State University and published in March 2014 in the journal Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. A release from OSU quotes gerontology professor Carolyn Aldwin, director of OSU’s Center for Healthy Aging Research, as saying, “Religion helps regulate behavior and health habits, while spirituality regulates your emotions, how you feel.”