Spirituality & Wellbeing

Spirituality & Wellbeing

We are part of a national steering group exploring the concept of spirituality, its relevance to current society and its potential impact on well-being.

Existing research suggests that spirituality has a positive impact on other aspects of health and well-being. We’re asking what are the implications of this for policy and practice for government, agencies, communities, families and society as a whole? and aim to generate wider discussion about how we understand and respond to the ‘spirit’ as a central aspect of being human.

The terms ‘spirituality’, ‘spirit’ or ‘spirited’ are used widely within New Zealand society, but what these terms actually mean and why they are important is not well understood.  Our focus on the well-being of individuals, families, communities and environments is often skewed away from including the dimension of spirituality. The new millennium in particular has seen national and international disasters that have challenged life’s meaning for many, such as seen in 9/11, the Pike River Coal Mine disaster and the series of destructive earthquakes in Christchurch and recent tsunamis in Samoa and Japan. These events have led many people quite publicly seeking spiritual comfort and responding to the crises through spiritual events and actions.

See http://spiritualityandwellbeing.co.nz/ for further information on this research project and check out the interactive blog space!