Religion and Spirituality


Religion and spirituality are ways that some people choose to guide their lives by adhering to the deeper values that their religion or spiritual code dictates. Whether you formally practice a religion or simply develop a contemplative state of mind to consider the workings of the world, your connectedness to a reality that is larger than yourself is important to your overall health and well-being.

Religion and spirituality function differently in everyone’s life, so it is important to respect those who have a different belief system than you, or those that do not have a belief system. Here are a couple of reasons why people participate in religion and spirituality:

  • to feel connected to others of the same belief system,
  • to feel connected to a higher power,
  • to live by a moral and ethical code of values,
  • to be free of societal constraints,
  • to feel at peace and alone,
  • to feel connected to nature,
  • and to look ahead to the time beyond our earthly dwelling.

Participating in religion and spirituality can be beneficial to your mental and physical health. Below is a list of resources that provides more information on religion and spirituality and how it can benefit your health.


Last Updated: 6/13/2011