Spirituality and family well-being

Prarthna Swani Singh

Abstract


Spirituality refers to the search for and experiential elements of the sacred, ultimate meaning, higher-consciousness,
and transcendence (Friedman and MacDonald, 2002). Emmons (2000) argued that spirituality can be viewed as a
form of intelligence because it predicts functioning and offers capabilities that enable people to solve problems and
attain valuable goals. In other words, spirituality is based on abilities that produce valuable outcomes. Research
suggests a positive relationship between spirituality, life purpose and satisfaction, health, and family well-being.
Family life is supposed to be about forming persons– parents and children growing together, learning from each
other, supporting one another, in living out a shared mission and goals – all of which has to do with spirituality.
Without a strong sense of spiritual well-being, families too easily become mere collections of individuals living
under the same roof. Fostering our family's spiritual well-being is what enables us to be more than a bunch of people
sharing a room but feeling lonely just the same. It is what enables us to celebrate the love that comes from God's own
heart, and discover–as a family– all the ways that life is a gift, and to help each other become everything God created
us to be. The present article earnestly attempts to explore how spirituality enhances physical and mental health of the
family members, thereby promoting family well-being.

Keywords


family wellbeing, positive relationship, spirituality

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15614/ijpp.v9i01.11772

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