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Do religion or spirituality influence your ability to handle pain and challenges?

This article from the Seattle PI covers one of the latest scientific studies that will be looking for a correlation between religion/spirituality and the ability to cope with pain and difficult problems:

Does believing in God lessen pain?

A quote from the article:

"Religious people do tend to have better mental health and overall health," he said. "Of course, you can have many atheists who are very content. But it is just that, overall, there are more religious people who express higher levels of contentment and good health than atheists."

I'm interested in other people's views and experiences with this. To participate you can check all the boxes that apply to you. If you prefer, you can skip the first poll and answer only the second (but answering both will give more accurate survey results):



Your beliefs

I am religious
0(0.0%)
I am spiritual
2(5.3%)
I believe in God
0(0.0%)
I believe in a force/Tao/energy field/connection through nature/etc. that may or may not be defined as God
5(13.2%)
In addition to my beliefs I have regular or consistent religious or spiritual practices incorporated into my life (prayer or meditation or rituals, etc.)
0(0.0%)
I am atheist
4(10.5%)
Other (post comment to explain)
3(7.9%)

How your beliefs/practices effect your life

My beliefs give me greater coping mechanisms than I had before I adopted the beliefs
1(2.6%)
My beliefs and practices give me greater ease in dealing with challenges and pain
2(5.3%)
My beliefs give me a sense of inner peace even during conflict and challenges
5(13.2%)
My beliefs and spiritual/religious practice have reduced the number of challenges and painful experiences in my life
1(2.6%)
I have noticed an improvement in my health since I adopted these beliefs
0(0.0%)
I have not noticed any changes in my health or the way I handle challenges and pain since adopting my beliefs
10(26.3%)
Other (post in comment)
5(13.2%)
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