My guest blog today is by Tony Lobl, health blogger and media spokesperson for Christian Science in the UK and Ireland. New data indicates a spiritual solution to worry and intolerance. Start reading below and follow the link to the post on Psychology Today.
“Does acute or chronic anxiousness need to be an ongoing part of our life? Or is there a way to reduce our general anxiety level?
A paper published in the July edition of the Journal of Clinical Psychology (onlinelibrary.wiley) has concluded that people who believe in a benevolent God tend to worry less and are more tolerant than those who believe in an indifferent or punishing God. The findings were based on one study of Christians and Jews and another of Jews alone.
You don’t have to be Jewish (to borrow the title of my Aunty’s favourite LP!) – or Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, etc – to reap the benefits of believing God is benign and generous rather than judgmental and punitive. You just have to trade in some of those convictions that might have been instilled from a young age for a spiritual narrative that is more compelling to the heart.