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Spirituality, Resilience, and Positive Emotions

Bruce W. Smith, J. Alexis Ortiz, Kathryn T. Wiggins, Jennifer F. Bernard and Jeanne Dalen

in The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199729920
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199729920.013.0028

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Spirituality, Resilience, and Positive Emotions

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This chapter examines the relationships between spirituality, resilience, and positive emotions. We begin by defining all three constructs, important related constructs, and theoretical models that may help us frame our understanding of the relationship between spirituality, resilience, and positive emotions. Next, we review the research and thinking about the relationship between (1) spirituality and positive emotion, (2) spirituality and resilience, and (3) positive emotions and resilience. These reviews suggest that healthy spirituality may be related to increases in both resilience and positive emotions and that resilience and positive emotions may have a reciprocal influence on each other. Finally, we present a preliminary model of the relationship between spirituality, resilience, and positive emotions and make suggestions for research that may increase our understanding of the relationship between them.

Keywords: spirituality; resilience; positive emotions; personal meaning; purpose in life; posttraumatic growth

Article.  13537 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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