Reclaiming Control: Spirituality and Aging

We know spirituality matters throughout the course of life. Both young and old benefit from spiritual and religious beliefs in so many ways. But we’re always discovering new ways that spirituality can make a difference. For instance, a team of researchers at the University of Notre Dame think it’s about control. In a recent study…

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The Whisper of Wisdom

Wisdom. It can be hard to define. But when you hear it, you know. And when teachers share spiritual wisdom, everyone around them benefits. Spiritual teaching helps the heart, mind, and body in so many ways. In fact, a team of researchers at Calvin College systematically reviewed 75 studies of spirituality and mental health in…

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Ram Dass – Responding to Challenge with Grace

Disease and aging are natural parts of life. We can’t keep our patients free from illness or forever young. But we can help them respond to challenging life events with grace. When Ram Dass, PhD, experienced a life-changing stroke, he focused on the grace his experience brought him. He found kindness from strangers, and used…

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Can Spirituality and Medication Work Together?

I never would have imagined that medication and spirituality had anything in common. But a study out of Rush University Medical Center led by chaplain and assistant professor Patricia Murphy, PhD brings new findings that suggest spirituality can act synergistically with medication to produce better patient outcomes. For instance, spirituality may be a key factor…

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Does God Affect Our Brain?

Have you ever seen colors spelled out using the wrong color font? It’s called the Stroop task and it might look like this: Red Blue Green Yellow. Instead of reading the word, you have to determine the color of the word. Researchers from the University of Toronto, led by psychologist Michael Inzlicht, PhD, examined subjects’…

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Why Spirituality is Too Important to Ignore

I was having breakfast with my mother and father the other day and “The Reverend” (my Dad is a retired pastor) said to me, “When I can’t sleep, I don’t count sheep, I talk to the Shepherd.” We’ve been asking you questions about spirituality to understand how it fits into your patient care. We heard…

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