Thursday, January 27, 2011

Characteristics Of Resilient People - 6

Characteristic #6: Have deep-rooted faith in a system of meaning (religious or philosophical).

In 1902, William James wrote The Varieties of Religious Experience in which he detailed the universal belief systems of human beings. Now, a little more than a century later, scientists report they have located the part of the brain that controls religious faith — known euphemistically as the 'God spot.' The researchers’ findings support the idea that the brain's evolvement to belief systems was a means of improving our chances of survival, thus a belief in God became widespread in human evolutionary history.

Regardless as to whether God exists or not, we do know that people with religious or spiritual beliefs tend to be more content and are better able to cope with tragedies and crises. Faith acts as a stimulus, driving us to aspire to achieve the seemingly impossible. Faith drives away fear. Faith frees us from the need to be in control during uncontrollable circumstances.

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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*Excerpt from Live A Flourishing Life

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