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Study: Spirituality, not religion, makes kids happy
The link between spirituality and happiness is pretty well-established for teens and adults. More spirituality brings more happiness. Now a study has reached into the younger set, finding the same link in "tweens" and in kids in middle childhood.
Specifically, the study shows that children who feel that their lives have meaning and value and who develop deep, quality relationships â€” both measures of spirituality, the researchers claim â€” are happier.
Personal aspects of spirituality (meaning and value in one's own life) and communal aspects (quality and depth of inter-personal relationships) were both strong predictors of children's happiness, said study leader Mark Holder from the University of British Columbia in Canada and his colleagues Ben Coleman and Judi Wallace....
I grew up with "spirituality" and I was the most depressed child. I struggled with suicidal thoughts from about the age of ten. I was brought up new age and with the concept of karma. I had a lot of bad things happen to me growing up, was hit by a truck at 7 or 8 years old. Many other terrible incidents. I thought that they happened because I did bad things in my past life. I would often think and wonder what horrible sins I had committed in my past lives, this drove me to despair. I dreaded my life and dreaded being reincarnated to do the whole horrible thing over again. Then Jesus sought me and He bought me with His redeeming blood, O victory in Jesus indeed!
Hebrews 9:27,28 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.