Spirituality Might Make You Healthier - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/29/05

Spirituality Might Make You Healthier

Does believing in a higher power make you healthier? There's new evidence that may be true.

According to the University of Chicago, researchers found that African Americans who have a strong religious faith are significantly less depressed than those who don't have strong faith. This has led those researchers to suggest that in addition to asking you how you feel doctors may need to start asking how's your faith.

"In the same way that physicians need to be able to spot alcohol problems or anything else. They're going to need to be able to interpret the religious dimensions of a person's total life," says W. Clark Gilpin, Ph.D., University of Chicago.

There was no religious preference in this study. Researchers found the same evidence of healthier living whether that strong faith was in God, Buddha, Mohammed or any higher power.

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