Spirituality is both a universal and highly personal experience. While most of us have at some point felt a meaningful connection to something bigger than ourselves, the way that we experience this connection depends on many factors, including our personal experiences, communities, and culture.
Spirituality is broader than religion, but the two are closely related. Both may offer questions and answers about the infinite, provide support during emotional crises, and invoke a sense of awe, wonder, and reverence.
Research is beginning to highlight the positive outcomes of having a strong sense of spirituality, linking a sense of meaning, a strong spiritual community, and contemplative practices with better health, longer life, and better coping skills during life’s difficult times.