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New Study Finds Science Has a Similar Effect on Well-Being as Religion

HealthReporter author Nadzeya Sankovich
Written by Nadzeya Sankovich
Last update: October 6, 2023
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New Study Finds Science Has a Similar Effect on Well-Being as Religion

Key Takeaways

  • A new study found that engaging with science generates a profound sense of awe and connection, similar to religious practices.
  • In contrast to previous beliefs, the study shows that “Spirituality of Science” extends beyond religion. It correlates positively with happiness and meaning in life.

Researchers at the University of Warwick have recently discovered a deep connection between the spirituality of science and positive well-being, similar to the benefits seen in religious practices.

Led by Dr. Jesse Preston, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, the study explored how people find spiritual meaning in science and its impact on their overall well-being.

“Science can be a powerful source of awe and wonder for many,” says Dr. Preston. “It can provide a meaningful source of understanding oneself and the universe, and it can foster a sense of connection to others and our place in the world.”

In three studies involving 1,197 participants, the researchers introduced the concept of “Spirituality of Science,” examining feelings of transcendence, connection, and meaning in engaging with science. 

This spiritual connection to science was found to be psychologically similar to religious spirituality.

A unique focus on 526 atheists and agnostics revealed that Spirituality of Science correlated with psychological well-being, including happiness and a sense of meaning in life.

Dr. Preston notes, “Previous research has found that religious belief generally predicts positive mental wellbeing… This research has found that in fact, sources of spirituality outside of religion, like science, can have similar positive effects.”

The research also highlights the potential well-being benefits of finding spiritual connections in science, such as increased happiness and enhanced meaning in life.

Sources

  1. Preston, J. L., Coleman, T. J., & Shin, F. (2023). Spirituality of Science: Implications for Meaning, Well-Being, and Learning. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 0(0).
    https://doi.org/10.1177/01461672231191356
  2. University of Warwick (2023, October 5). Awe-inspiring science can have a positive effect on mental wellbeing, new research finds. Newswise.
    https://www.newswise.com/articles/awe-inspiring-science-can-have-a-positive-effect-on-mental-wellbeing-new-research-finds
Written by Nadzeya Sankovich
Nadzeya Sankovich is the Vice President of Communications at Health Reporter. Previously a professional journalist, she continues to write scientific articles and conduct research. With a background in sociology and medicine, she has worked with various healthcare organizations, from charities to telemedicine platforms.

Nadzeya is also a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and a volunteer for a non-profit organization that helps underserved communities. Through her work, she empowers people to take charge of their health and well-being.
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