Religion and Spirituality


Religion is the belief in a higher power or supreme being. It can also refer to a set of agreed upon beliefs and practices. Religion may begin as an external phenomenon or may be internal. In either case, it involves an internal process, such as self-transcendence, relationships with others, and a relationship with that which lies beyond the known world.

In the United States, there are about eight percent of people who identify themselves as religious. Interestingly, women make up a larger percentage of these groups than men. However, the majority of these groups are located in the West Coast and the South. Generally, these groups are comprised of Boomers and Gen-Xers.

There are many different religions around the world. Each one offers spiritual texts and practices that may have value to individuals. Religion can help people find a sense of self, purpose, and hope. It can also provide comfort during times of loss. Some religious practices include prayer, meditation, and other forms of spirituality. The benefits of spirituality are measurable, and they can enhance your well-being.

According to a recent study, the attitudes of Western Europeans towards religion and spirituality are mixed. According to the results, respondents are split on whether religion has a positive or negative impact on their lives. While public opinion in Scandinavia is overwhelmingly negative, respondents in Portugal, Italy, and Austria have positive attitudes towards religion.