Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Brain and Spirituality

Researchers at Duke University have been studying hospital employees who work in clinical areas. Results of some of the studies have shown that high levels of spirituality within the facility correlated with high scores in:

  • More job satisfaction
  • Increased perception of quality
  • Lower turnover rates

Notice that the word is "spirituality," not "religion". Many confuse the two. Some researchers believe that the human brain is innately spiritual (able to experience a sense of awe) while affiliation with a religious denomination is a choice. There are countless examples in today's world of religious dogma without accompanying concepts of spirituality, as well as the exhibition of spiritual behaviors without affiliation with religion. Reportedly, Duke plans to engage in ongoing research in this area. 

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