What Does Spirituality Mean to You?


About seven-in-ten U.S. adults say they consider themselves spiritual or that they believe in a higher power. People explain what they mean by spirituality in various ways, including a search for meaning and purpose in life; belief that there is something bigger than themselves; and feelings of love, peace, hope, connection and inner calm. Spirituality can include practices such as meditation, yoga, mindfulness, prayer, journaling and walking. It can also involve community activities such as attending church, mosque or temple; or connecting with nature and art. It can also involve ritual – any set of actions that are done the same way, for a particular purpose and with a feeling of reverence or seriousness.

Being spiritual may help you cope with stress and anxiety. For example, studies have shown that patients who report more spiritual or religious beliefs are more likely to practice positive coping behaviors than those who are not as spiritual. These positive coping strategies include prioritizing values such as family and generosity, praying for strength or support, seeking forgiveness from others and themselves, drawing comfort from their spiritual beliefs, and finding a sense of community in their religion or spirituality.

If you’re looking for a place to practice your spirituality, try joining a religious organization on Grounds or finding a group of students who share your faith or philosophies. You can also seek out an outside spiritual or religious advisor to help you get started or keep you motivated.