The Relationship between Religion and Good Health

718 WordsFeb 3, 20183 Pages
Whereas Dr. Norman Vincent Peale born in 1898 and died in 1993 and Rhonda Byrne born in 1951 who is now age 65, both have a later view however they use the ideas of James that he describes that have always been in accordance with the facts since religious leaders chose to adopt this positive outlook on life. They may use these ideas outside of the religious context however their basic ideas are still very much apparent for most religions are now very much so related to positive thinking. Interestingly we start with a broad view of religion and its interconnection with happiness, faith, hope and being positive. This idea is taken and related to health by James. Peale then takes this idea and removes religion entirely remaining immensely focused on the positive thought and health. Then a droll adjustment made by Byrne is to integrate materialism into Peale’s earlier work being conspicuous to the masses. All of which was remarkably clear to leaders of the faith who incorporated positive thought into religion initially and James for identifying this very surmise. Psychologists since James have addressed this topic of religion and positivity relating to overall health. Studies found in the Handbook of Religion and Health “religion to be beneficial to the immune system with regard to other physiological indicators, such as interleukin. Apparently, therefore, religious and spiritual coping can reduce bodily expressions of stress.” (p. 439) Earlier discussed was stress relating to
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