Religion and Spirituality News

For Some, Trauma May Have Psychological Benefits

October 30th, 2013
For Some, Trauma May Have Psychological Benefits Mental and psychological trauma is traditionally viewed as tragic and unequivocally damaging. A new philosophical view of suffering shows that trauma, however terrible, may have distinct benefits. Researchers at Tel ...

Supernatural Experiences Linked to Religious Tithing

October 23rd, 2013
Supernatural Experiences Linked to Religious TithingNew research suggests that people who have had what they believe to be supernatural experiences are more likely to provide generous donations to their church. The philanthropic donations of time ...

No Link Found Between LSD, Psychedelics & Mental Health Problems

August 21st, 2013
No Link Found Between LSD, Psychedelics and Mental Health ProblemsThe use of LSD and other psychedelic drugs, such as magic mushrooms or peyote, does not increase a person's risk of developing mental health ...

Benefits of Drinking May Be Overstated for Many

July 22nd, 2013
Benefits of Drinking Probably Overstated An oft-cited statistic suggests that non-drinkers have a higher mortality risk than do moderate drinkers. But researchers also acknowledge that consumption of more alcohol increases the ...

Acceptance Can Be Key to Happiness Later in Life

July 14th, 2013
Acceptance Can Be Key to Happiness Later in Life  Accepting what cannot be changed is the key to happiness for older adults who lose their independence, according to a new ...

Going to Synagogue Improves Happiness, Health

June 25th, 2013
Synagogue Attendance Improves Happiness and Health Two new studies suggest that synagogue attendance is associated with better health and happiness for Israeli Jewish adults, as compared to their non-religious counterparts. Baylor University researchers also ...

Lower Self-Control among ‘Spiritual but not Religious’ Young Adults

June 14th, 2013
Lower Self-Control among ‘Spiritual but not Religious’ Young Adults  Baylor University researchers have discovered young adults who consider themselves "spiritual but not religious" are more ...

Meditation Produces Opposite Effect of ‘Fight or Flight’

May 4th, 2013
Meditation Produces Opposite Effect of 'Fight or Flight' A new study reveals that practitioners of meditation experience changes in gene expression that are the exact opposite of what occurs during the "flight ...

Belief in God Can Improve Mental Health Outcomes

April 26th, 2013
Belief in God Improves Mental Health Outcomes A new study suggests belief in God may significantly improve the outcome of those receiving short-term treatment for psychiatric illness. Researchers followed patients receiving care from ...

Moral Judgments Tend to Be Quicker and More Extreme

November 29th, 2012
Moral Judgments Tend to Be Quicker and More ExtremeMoral judgments are made more quickly and are more extreme than judgments based on practical considerations, according to new research that also found that moral judgments are more flexible. "Little ...