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Happiness and Spirituality: How Your Family Can Benefit

In this episode we’ll discuss spirituality in parenting, and how your family can benefit whether you’re atheist or devoutly religious. 

  • [6:50] Are religious people happier?
  • [8:29] Organized religions often facilitate social ties and community.
  • [10:15] Religious people create time to pursue spiritual feelings and emotions.
  • [13:25] We can harness these same feelings and emotions in our parenting.
  • [14:58] If you’re curious about my personal spirituality…
  • [17:50] Parenting itself is an act of spirituality.
  • [18:21] Gratitude
  • [21:13] Giving
  • [24:45] Create a gateway to your emotions and spirituality and make it part of your day-to-day life.

Links & Resources

  • Quote from Brené Brown at 4:50: “Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning, and purpose to our lives.” This definition was first published in The Gifts of Imperfection. For some people, that power greater than us is God; for others, it’s fishing. Some are reminded of our inextricable connection by faith; others by expressions of shared humanity. Some find that religion is the best expression of inextricable human connection that is guided by love and compassion, and others believe that no entity has done more to corrode that connection than organized religion.”
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2 Replies to “TPJ 35: Happiness and Spirituality”

  1. I was raised atheist, and I’ve always rolled my eyes when I’ve heard the word “spirituality”. You’ve changed my mind (in this and many other things). My family growing up was always practical and logical and sometimes cold, but I want my son to be better able to embrace those spiritual feelings that I’ve only recently experienced through a meditation practice! Thank you for your spiritual guidance!

  2. I am always amazed and inspired by your ability to take the middle road and get the best of both worlds for so many subjects. So many people fall into radical positions, which you already addressed in a previous episode, and in a world increasingly polarized, I find your moderation and your wisdom incredibly refreshing!

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