Since 1998, the World Health Organization has been lobbying to include the word ‘spiritual’ in its description of overall health and wellness.
The inclusion of the word ‘spiritual’ with ‘wellness’ is becoming more prevalent in modern definitions of wellness – such as those of the U.S.-based National Wellness Institute – where spiritual wellness is a standard component as one of the six dimensions of wellness (including also emotional, occupational, social, intellectual and physical). Spiritual wellness impacts our life in a way that it encourages not only peace and harmony within us, but also our capacity to show love, compassion and forgiveness.
A common and universal source of spiritual wellness may have something to do with this ancient wisdom from the prophet Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
There is also increased interest in finding ways to study and research the impact spirituality has on health.
A Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog reported that, “In recent years, a growing body of research investigating the relationship between religion, spirituality and health has led to a number of evidence-based guidelines for spiritual care and tools to help hospitals provide it…”Continue Reading