Hope, healing and happiness
The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together. Some people sink, some swim, some soar.
Some people find peace, joy and faith in life, often out of despair and hopelessness. Some people are healed from serious illnesses and afflictions. Some believe they have an experience of God that changes their lives forever.
Some people pursue happiness via wealth, or love, or pleasure. Some find it, some don’t. And psychologists can tell us why.
All this, and more, in Life.
People ask God for healing, often in quite desperate situations, and sometimes they receive the healing they ask for. These stories are generally well-documented.
- Dying doctor recovers after prayer
- Heart-starting action
- Remarkable healing reported in medical journal
- Addicts healed by prayer
- Ten healings
- Healings at Lourdes
- More healing miracles
- Does God heal and speak today?
Faith in God, or attendance at religious events, has been shown many times to be linked to better mental, emotional and physical health. Prayer seems to lead, at least sometimes, to better health and even complete healing of major illnesses.
- Faith and wellbeing
- Medicine and religion studies
- Can prayer assist healing?
- Intercessory prayer and healing
- Healing of sight and hearing
Statistics show that many people brought up in one belief system, whether it be religious or atheist, change their beliefs at least once in their lifetime. I have collected stories of atheists converting to christianity, and you can find a number of them here.
- Two atheist professors
- The things we do for love: three atheists convert
- More atheists convert
- A life-changing coincidence
- A slow year’s journey into light
- An atheist legacy?
Not everyone’s life goes according to plan, and some people find that life takes them into dark places. Sometimes these people find that God comes to them in their weakness and disillusion, and somehow heals them, gives them hope and lifts them up, and their lives take on meaning again.
- Anna McGahan
- Conversion stories
- A young Muslim intellectual changes course
- Philosophy is not enough
- It lasts!
- “I still keep to Jesus this night”
- Fall in love and fall apart?
Some people seem to have experiences that go beyond the normal life we all know. They have visions, dreams or deep mystical experiences. But are they genuine experiences of the divine? Or are they the product of suggestible minds? Or even urban myths?
Where do we find purpose and meaning? Is it in pleasure, having a good time? For some of us, that is enough. But others of us desperately want more than mere pleasure. We want to make a difference. We want to leave the world a better place.
We all want to be happy, but we don’t always know what’s good for us, and we often seek happiness where it can’t be found. But psychologists can show us how to increase the happiness and wellbeing in our lives.
- Simple keys to a happier life
- What makes people happy
- Happiness references
- Materialism and happiness
- Pleasure and happiness
- Love, relationships and happiness
- Meaning, beliefs and happiness
- Positive psychology
What leads an (allegedly) otherwise intelligent person to start a website like this? How did I go from Aussie boy to old man? How come I’m still a christian, almost seventy-five years after I was conceived? What has life taught me? This is my story (if anyone’s interested); I guess you could call it my spiritual journey.