Is happiness a sense of oneness?

Is happiness a sense of oneness?

via Forbes by Alice G Walton

People may think of certain religions as being more about oneness than others—in Buddhism, for instance, a central concept is nonduality, or the connectivity between all things. But according to a new study from the University of Mannheim, no matter what religion a person identifies with, a feeling of oneness is linked to greater satisfaction with life.

The study was published this month in the journal Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.

“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,” said study author Laura Marie Edinger-Schons in a statement. “The results of this study reveal a significant positive effect of oneness beliefs on life satisfaction, even controlling for religious beliefs.”

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