Spirituality generates positive emotions in people. Whether it’s about having a greater purpose in life, a religion, or living out your personal values, spirituality can make us feel good.
In general spirituality is having a connection with something bigger than ourselves and gives us a sense of meaning or purpose. It makes us feel good.
Spirituality can mean different things to different people – there is no right or wrong, it’s a personal thing. For some people spirituality is religion, for others it’s connecting with the ocean, the stars and our ancestors.
Many spiritual traditions encourage participation in a community, such as attending church or a meditation group – these can be great sources of social support which may provide a sense of belonging, and community.
Traditional Māori and Pacific perspectives include spiritual health (values, beliefs and practices) as part of overall wellbeing. Spirituality is inseparable from physical health, mental health, and the health of the family.
Spirituality generates positive emotions
Spirituality generates positive emotions, like a sense of generosity – and we feel good when we’re giving. Spirituality also encourages people to be optimistic, compassionate, show empathy, give thanks and express gratitude.
How can you express your spirituality to feel good?
- Do things that make you feel a sense of belonging.
- Know what your values are, and live by them every day.
- Take part in cultural, religious or creative activities, like kapa haka, painting or church.
- Learn some karakia.
- Spend time on your self care and do things that give you a sense of mastery, e.g.mindfulness and meditation.
- Keep a gratitude journal.
- Prioritise people that love and support you in your life. Show you care for them every day.
- Surround yourself with positive people