MSNBC.COM cites two recent studies that confirms the link between spirituality and happiness in pre-teens. Interestingly, the researches made strong lines of deliniation between religion and spirituality. Religion, they write, is an institutionalized expression of spirituality. Spirituality gets defined as (meaning and value in one’s own life) and communal aspects (quality and depth of inter-personal relationships.
Research shows that a child’s concept of God or religious practices do little to add to a sense of fulfillment.
A Christian might intially take exception to the research definitons. “Perhaps the language and definitions are slanted to point to relativism.”
Or a Christian might remember that Christianity is a relational religion, its only when one embraces the two Great Loves that one will experience the satisfaction of being human well.