EXAMPLES+FOR+201

EXAMPLES+FOR+201 - Introduction Religion has always been a...

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Introduction Religion has always been a significant factor in human life. Religion has influenced humankind in almost all aspects of living, ranging from politics to personal values. Religion is often thought of as a way to answer the “big” questions like “what is the purpose of life?” Therefore it is often thought that religion provides a peace of mind that enables one to be more content and satisfied with life. Is this true; does religion really have the capability of, in essence, making one happier? This question branches out into many other subsequent questions such as: what aspect of religion makes a person happy? For example, is prayer the path to happiness? Or if religion does make us happier, then would it be plausible to use religion in psychotherapy? Also, what age group is most affected by the presence of religion? When addressing these issues, there needs to be a clear understanding of what religiosity is. Religiosity is “phenomena that include some relevance to traditional institutionalized searches to acknowledge and maintain some relationship with the transcendent” (Hackney and Sanders, 44). I will be researching the relationship between religiosity and well being. This question can be discussed from many different angles and is a highly debatable question. First, religion is assumed to have a positive effect on a person’s well-being but the measures of religiosity differ. Also, different aspects of religion may have different impacts on happiness such as individual prayer versus church, temple, mosque, etc. attendance. There is also the notion that personality may be the true factor in influencing one’s happiness rather than religiosity. I believe religiosity does have a positive relationship with a person’s well being. Confusion
Image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
When it comes to religiosity’s effect on the well being of humans, there has always been a variety of contradicting data. Charles H. Hackney and Glenn S. Sanders partially explain the multiplicity of confusing and contradictory findings within this field of inquiry with a quote in their paper Religiosity and Mental Health: A Meta–Analysis of Recent Studies: “Depending on which definitions of religiosity and psychological adjustment one used, evidence could be found supporting a positive relationship between religiosity and mental health (consistent with studies such as Koenig and Larson 2001), supporting a negative relationship (consistent with studies such as Schafer 1997), and supporting the position that there is no relationship (consistent with studies such as Lewis et al. 1997)” (51). This quote explains that the results of such research can be altered by differentiations in the definitions of said terms used during the research. The way religiosity is defined can very much be the determining factor in whether data will support or negate the theory that religiosity has an effect on well being.
Image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern