Understanding Spirituality and Mental Health
Frequently Asked Questions
Studies show spirituality and religion can help people deal with the effects of everyday stress. For older adults, in particular, spirituality can enhance positive feelings and ease negative ones.
Spiritual health differs from mental health in that spiritual health refers to health of the soul or spirit, and mental health refers to health of the mind and psyche.
Spiritual experiences have the power to shift perceptions of reality and activate regions in the brain responsible for decreasing stress. Positive spiritual experiences can also activate the same reward centers in the brain as other pleasurable activities.