What Enhances Wellbeing in Daily Life?
Teleios recently analyzed 63 peer-reviewed articles in the medical literature that evaluated wellbeing as related to 4 Bible-based terms1:
These characteristics in a person’s life improve wellbeing!
They also demonstrated a positive influence on specific societal issues
including improvement in social relationships, delinquent behavior and physical health.
These parameters were generally derived from only 2 sources:
Studies showed that 3 of these parameters (except hope) could be taught to some extent in a secular setting.
However, all 4 characteristics (including hope) were shown to be improved by religious involvement.
Note: For this study almost all of the included articles meeting inclusion criteria were from Christian countries.
Importantly, ‘hope’ may be defined differently between secular and spiritual spheres. Temporal hope: “…an expectation about attaining a desired goal in the future …”2 generally thought of as a goal to achieve on earth during a person’s life. Christian hope: “a confident expectation of salvation gained through faith in Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for mankind’s sin”3 that is, directed to a heavenly target.
How these characteristics were helped in these studies4 was not clear, but perhaps could be produced from:
This study suggests that forgiveness, gratitude, hope and empathy may improve general wellbeing, pro-social, and positive relational behavior, and demonstrate positive health effects.
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1. Stewart WC, Reynolds KE, Jones LJ, Stewart JA, Nelson LA. The source and impact of specific parameters that enhance well-being in daily life. J Rel Health 2015; in press.
2. Farran CJ, Popovich JM. Hope: A relevant concept for geriatric psychiatry. Arch Psychiatr Nurs 1990;4:124–130.
3. Ryrie CC. Basic theology. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 1999.
4. Hong IW, Ow R. Hope among terminally ill patients in Singapore: An exploratory study. Soc Work Health Care 2007;45:85–106.