Spirituality Linked To Better Mental Health

Men's Health |

Researchers find that regardless of religion, spirituality was associated with better health.

Researchers from the University of Missouri measured spirituality, religiosity, personality traits, and health of 160 people from five different faith traditions — Buddhist, Catholic, Jews, Muslims, and Protestants — to determine if there were differences in personality, religiosity, and spirituality between them.

Absence of negative personality traits such as neuroticism and presence of positive personality traits such as extraversion were also associated with better mental health, and a greater degree of spirituality was associated with lower negative traits and higher positive traits.

However, after controlling for personality traits, the only aspect of spirituality that was associated with better mental health was forgiveness.