How God Works: The Science Behind the Benefits of Religion

How God Works: The Science Behind the Benefits of Religion

Spiritual practices, whether you believe they were divinely inspired or the result of experimentation, can help people live longer, healthier and happier lives. Recent studies have suggested that sitting shiva reduces the pain of grief, meditation increases compassion, psychedelic rituals ease anxiety and depression, and more.

In his new book How God Works: The Science Behind the Benefits of Religion, professor of psychology David DeSteno presents cutting-edge scientific evidence that religious practices and faith provide a toolbox for coping — even for the skeptical. And if you accept this assertion, perhaps based on your own experience, discover how it actually works in our minds and bodies.

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(This post is part of Sinai and Synapses’ project Scientists in Synagogues, a grass-roots program to offer Jews opportunities to explore the most interesting and pressing questions surrounding Judaism and science. This program was held on January 29, 2022, and hosted by Temple Isaiah in Lexington, MA).

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