Are you satisfied with your life? If you count yourself as both spiritual and religious, it’s very likely that you are.
That’s one of the interesting findings in a survey issued November 6 by Public Religion Research Institute and Florida State University. It divides the American populace four ways, and measures the number of people in each group who have a high degree of satisfaction in their lives:
Spiritual and religious: 73 percent
Spiritual but not religious: 63 percent
Not spiritual but religious: 54 percent
Not spiritual or religious: 47 percent
Furthermore, spiritual Americans are more likely to let someone cut ahead on a line; to have done a personal favor for a friend or co-worker or paid a compliment; and to listen to someone talk about a personal problem. Spiritual Americans were also more likely to be with friends at least once a week and to spend time gardening, hiking, or enjoying the outdoors. Responses from the two “spiritual” groups—religious or not—were similar. The differences were with the non-spiritual groups.