Positive emotions as leading to religion and spirituality

  title={Positive emotions as leading to religion and spirituality},
  author={Vassilis Saroglou and Coralie Buxant and Jonathan Tilquin},
  journal={The Journal of Positive Psychology},
  pages={165 - 173}
A great deal of research has shown that a variety of negative events and emotions can increase religion and spirituality. We argue that positive events and emotions (that imply some self-transcendence) can increase religion and spirituality. In two experiments, participants (N  = 91 and N  = 87) were exposed to a neutral video or one of three videos eliciting positive emotions: humor, appreciation of nature, and wonder at childbirth. Religiousness was to some extent affected by the positive… 
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