Spirituality & Thriving

4 Spiritual Practices

While there are a variety of practices that can protect and nurture our spiritual health and well-being, finding the ones that will sustain us throughout our journey is imperative. These 4 simple, everyday practices can help you get started in your journey towards thriving. (Hover each practice to learn more.)

Readings on Spirituality

Helping Our Healthcare Workers: A Primer to Moral Injury

By Stephanie Trudeau | Aug 25, 2021

Dr. Stephanie Trudeau shifts the conversation from burnout to moral injury, presenting ways we can help those experiencing moral injury.

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Empowering Youth to Thrive With, Through, and By Faith

By Meredith Hope | Feb 25, 2021

Dr. Meredith Hope discusses the role of religion in youth thriving, and ways caring adults can help enable spirituality in youth.

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Finding Anchoring Rituals in Times like COVID-19

By Esther Tan | Jul 30, 2020

Thrive Fellow, Esther Tan shares her COVID-19 experience and how anchoring rituals have helped her find resilience.

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5 Joy Competencies to Counter the Effects of Confinement During COVID-19, Pt. 2

By Fred Defoy | Jul 23, 2020

Thrive Fellow, Fred Defoy discusses spiritual joy and vocational joy as resources to help us thrive in hard times.

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Third Culture Kids During Quarantine: Adaptability and Purpose

By Esther Tan | Jul 1, 2020

Thrive Fellow, Esther Tan interviews an adult Third Culture Kid on how purpose has helped him navigate through COVID-19.

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Planting Seeds of Healing Through Spirituality

By Stephanie Trudeau | Apr 30, 2020

Dr. Stephanie Trudeau provides ways spirituality can be resource for healing within ourselves and our families.

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Staying Grounded, Connected, and Directed through Disruption

By Pamela Ebstyne King | Apr 23, 2020

Dr. Pam King discusses how spirituality can help us stay grounded, connected, and directed throughout challenges.

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On the Road to Healing: Meaning-Making and Beliefs During COVID-19

By Stephanie Trudeau | Apr 13, 2020

Dr. Stephanie Trudeau continues her discussion on loss, and how meaning-making and beliefs can guide us toward healing.

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Light in Darkness: Not a Wholly Unprecedented Holy Week

By Pamela Ebstyne King | Apr 9, 2020

Dr. Pam King explores how our beliefs can bring hope and light to our lives during dark times like COVID-19.

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Homebound: Protecting Our Spiritual Health

By Angela Gorrell | Mar 26, 2020

Guest blogger, Dr. Angela Gorrell emphasizes the importance of nurturing our spiritual health in order to thrive during COVID-19.

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Changing Our Focus from Surviving to Thriving During COVID-19

By Pamela Ebstyne King | Mar 12, 2020

Dr. Pamela King reflects on the importance of contemplative practices as the key to thriving during the unprecedented times.

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Thriving on the Road to Joy

By Pamela Ebstyne King | Jan 22, 2020

How can caring adults equip youth for a journey of long-lasting joy? Dr. Pam King highlights the 3 essentials needed.

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Orienting Ourselves through the Holi-daze

By Pamela Ebstyne King | Dec 18, 2019

Are we thriving during the pre-holiday craze? Dr. Pam King reminds us about the importance of being mindful and orieinting our lives to what matters.

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What Research Says

Decades of research affirm that being engaged in our religious traditions and having a sense of spirituality can enable us to thrive. Often overlooked as potential resources for thriving, religion and spirituality are key to understanding our psychological development through:

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Ideology (Beliefs, Values, Morals)

These are the beliefs, values, and morals made available through religious and spiritual traditions. These inform what is right or wrong and what’s of most importance. It allows us to find meaning, to make sense of challenges, and to forge an identity and purpose.

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Social Connections

These are the relationships available through religious communities that support one’s faith development. They provide social capital and service and leadership opportunities.

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Transcendence

This is a cognitive and emotional experience where our beliefs, values, and morals are connected to something greater than ourselves. This shapes our identity, virtues, and actions/behaviors.

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The Telos Project

Dr. King uses teleology to further understand the ends and means of human development and thriving.

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Measuring Spirituality Among Adolescents

Dr. King tests the psychological viability of the MDAS scale among diverse youth.

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Spiritual Exemplars II Project

A continuation study, Dr. King follows up on the spiritual journeys of elected youth exemplars.

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Study of Spirituality in America

Our team uses cutting-edge structural model analysis to understand diverse spirituality in the U.S.

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