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Embracing 'Oneness' Helps Improve Satisfaction With Life، Study Finds

Saturday 20/April/2019 - 06:27 PM
Sada El Balad
People who have a good understanding of the idea of "oneness" are happier and more satisfied with their lives، a new study says، according to the Technical Times.

A researcher from the University of Mannheim surveyed nearly 75،000 Germans about how satisfied they were about their lives in general.

She found that the more individuals appreciated the concepts behind oneness، such as empathy، a sense closeness with nature، and social connectedness، the higher their scores in the survey were.

Oneness is defined as a belief that all aspects of life are somehow connected and interdependent on one another.

The Idea Of Oneness
The results of the study were consistent regardless of what religious traditions the participants followed.

A majority people asked believed either in Buddhism، Catholicism، Hinduism، Islam، Judaism، or Protestantism. Meanwhile، a quarter of respondents said they were atheists.

Laura Marie Edinger-Schons، a professor of corporate social responsibility at Mannheim and author of the study، explained how the idea of oneness seemed to be present across different belief systems.

"The feeling of being at one with a divine principle، life، the world، other people or even activities has been discussed in various religious traditions but also in a wide variety of scientific research from different disciplines،" Edinger-Schons explained.

"The results of this study reveal a significant positive effect of oneness beliefs on life satisfaction، even controlling for religious beliefs."

Individuals tended to uphold their oneness beliefs over time. Instead of adapting to certain situations in life، many of these beliefs remain stable throughout the course of people's lives. Edinger-Schons said they represent a general attitude to the world.
Edited by Ahmed Moamar

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