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Friday, January 11, 2013

Religion Practice for Holistic Wellbeing


Many researches have been conducted in studies of the relationship between religion and health.  The contributions of religions to human wellbeing are above and beyond ordinary channels.  Religions contribute to human wellbeing through a holistic approach.  According to Parmer and Rogers (1997), religions encourage people to take responsibility for themselves so that the fullness of life can be achieved by adopting an optimal lifestyle. It is unique that religions cultivate people's consciousness and deliberation which help them enhance their overall wellbeing in intellectual, physical, social, emotional, occupational, and spiritual aspects.  "A holistic approach to health acknowledges the interrelatedness and integration of the physical being with the social being and the spiritual being" (Parmer & Rogers,1997).  Parmer and Rogers's study showed that a holistic wellness lifestyle based on a religious philosophy could benefit members of the churches.  Religions also contribute to human wellbeing by promoting positive mental health. The cognitive-behavioral mechanism in religious behaviors contributes to self-regulation by reducing self-focus, worry, and stress, thus the religious behaviors lead to better subjective wellbeing (Maltby, Lewis, Freeman, Day, Cruise, & Breslin, 2010).

References

Maltby, J., Lewis, C., Freeman, A., Day, L., Cruise, S., & Breslin, M. J. (2010). Religion and health: the application of a cognitive-behavioural framework. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 13(7/8), 749-759. doi:10.1080/13674670802596930

Parmer, T., & Rogers, T. (1997). Religion and health: Holistic wellness from the perspective of two African American church denominations. Counseling And Values, 42(1), 55-67. doi:10.1002/j.2161-007X.1997.tb00953.x

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