March 18, 2024

Spiritual Health and Health Care

Spiritual health refers to an individual's sense of connection with nature and others, their belief in a higher power, their expression of love through gratitude, forgiveness and peace as well as ethics, values and morals. Spiritual practice does not require religion; prayer or meditation could suffice; taking a walk around Grounds would also count.

Recent research calls upon health care professionals to incorporate spirituality into patient care, according to Betty Ferrell, Ph.D., M.S.N. of City of Hope Nursing Research and Education Center. She notes this is not surprising as she has long worked on this issue since coming to City of Hope thirty years ago - her own research revealed an "aha!" moment showing that patients' quality of life can be significantly influenced by spirituality.

Many studies have demonstrated a link between religiosity and healthier health outcomes. Well-designed studies use multiple control variables and methods of analysis to reduce bias.

One study involved participants who defined spirituality as feelings of affection and love toward God, placing hopes in divine blessings, feeling balance and peace, and cultivating moral virtues within themselves and with nature. Such characteristics could help people cope with stressful situations by decreasing undesirable emotions such as sadness and anxiety and lowering blood pressure; additionally they provide meaning and purpose in life as well as improving quality-of-life during illness or surgery.


Welcome to the blog all about your mental, physical and last but not least, your spiritual health, and well-being.
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