Did you know that sitting shiva reduces the pain of grief? That meditation increases compassion? That psychedelic rituals ease anxiety and depression?
If these statements seem questionable, come hear pioneering psychologist David DeSteno, who will present 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.
Author of the newly released How God Works: The Science Behind the Benefits of Religion, David DeSteno is a professor of psychology at Northeastern University.
Join him to explore how spiritual practices, whether you believe they were divinely inspired or the result of an experimentation of sorts by people through the ages, can help people live longer, healthier, and happier lives.
Sponsored by a grant from Scientists in Synagogues.