Do you consider yourself a religious or spiritual person? Religion is often a controversial topic, but research has shown that practicing some form of spirituality or religion can and does bring happiness. Although there are many different religions, they tend to have the same happiness boosting attributes, which are social support, providing deeper meaning, and meditative qualities.
However, if this topic is something irks you, I urge you to consider approaching it from a different perspective. Where and how do you find a sense of inner peace, contentment, love of life and feeling as though you are not the center of the world but part of something greater than yourself? For some it is in a church, mosque or temple. And for others, it is gardening, golfing or fly fishing.
You see, it is not the particular method of devotion that counts, it is the personal centering that results from a spiritual encounter with our intimate Divine that resonates the mindful practice of awareness and presence.
“The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, forgiveness.” -Dalai Lama
For those of you who are already maintain a spiritual practice, then you are most likely aware of how to maximize your happiness, but these tips are always a great reminder for anyone, so without further ado:
- Find A Deeper Meaning and Purpose: Religion and spirituality can offer us a way of looking up to someone or something. Also, we can find our purpose in life through a religion or spirituality.
- Pray: When you have some free time in your day, whether it is at night before bed or in the morning when you wake up, take time to focus your awareness on a deity or what is sacred to you. Through this connection you may find strength, belief, reassurance, and peace.
- Find the Sacred in Everyday: Creating the ability to see the divine and holy in someone or something can bring a smile to your face. Whether it is a meal after a long day, a hug, or a child’s smile.
Being a religious or spiritual person can help you enjoy the faith, belief, and social benefits of your religion.
By Lisa Cypers Kamen
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