The human race has always created rituals, sacred ceremonies to bring about positive changes. But today, rituals seem to have little room in our sophisticated, evidence-based modern culture. Or do they? Science is catching up with antiquity. Researchers are now paying more attention to rituals because they seem—believe it or not—to be beneficial in more ways than one.
According to sports psychology researchers, the benefits of rituals span from improving attention and effectiveness to increasing emotional stability and confidence levels. As a functional medicine practitioner, I also see these same benefits in my patients when I help them cultivate healthy rituals.