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How does spiritual well-being affect overall quality of life?

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Spiritual well-being affects overall quality of life, which includes the following areas:
  • physical well-being: functional ability, strength/fatigue, sleep/rest, overall physical health, nausea, appetite, constipation, and aches and pains
  • social well-being: family distress, roles/relationships, affection/sexual function, appearance, employment, isolation and finances
  • psychological well-being: control, anxiety, enjoyment/leisure, pain distress, happiness, fear, and cognition/attention
  • spiritual well-being: meaning of illness, uncertainty, hope, religiosity, transcendence, and positive change

Spirituality is that part of yourself that helps you find meaning, connectedness and purpose in your life. It can include the practice of a philosophy, religion, or way of living. During difficult times, people often look for meaning and connectedness in the greater scheme of things to help them understand and cope with their experience. Serious illness can be one of those times.
 
Research shows that spirituality is related to better health outcomes. Spirituality seems to help people cope with illness, suffering and death. Spirituality also influences end-of-life decisions. All people, with or without a connection to organized religion or any spiritual practices, seem to benefit from finding their own sense of meaning, purpose and connectedness.

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