Over the past couple of decades, scientists have taken an interest in examining the effects of spirituality on health. And indeed, the growing evidence points to the idea that greater spirituality correlates with better mental health regardless of religion and healthy behaviors. In fact, studies show that a spiritual outlook of some kind makes humans more resilient to trauma.
But what does it really mean to be spiritual?
It is important to note that spirituality is defined as the profound belief that you are connected to a higher power operating in the vast universe, which is much greater than yourself. It's the belief in a deeper meaning and purpose in life that makes you feel connected to all beings on earth. It is not—though the two are commonly thrown together—associated solely with religion or religious practices.