Tony Lobl is the British and Irish media/legislative representative for Christian Science, and is also a representative for Christian Science to pan-European institutions. Here is an excerpt from his article published in The Independent titled “Facing Modern-Day Stress with Time-Tested Tools.” It takes a look at the spiritual angle on dealing with today’s added stresses.
Some researchers into stress have been digging a little deeper into the surrounding question of whether there is actually an advantage to believing there is a divine ear listening at the other end of those prayers.
A University of Michigan study into “Gratitude Toward God, Stress, and Health in Late Life” found positive results for that gratitude, especially for older women who are more likely to feel grateful to God than older men. The results revealed that the effects of stress (e.g. living in a deteriorated neighborhood) on health are reduced for older people who feel more grateful to God.
Gratitude to God can also de-stress men, young people and those who live in pleasant suburbs…