Scientists remind that prayer does not have strict requirements, it can be said aloud or silently, spontaneously or purely individual way. In this case, the main thing is how sincere a person is in his aspirations. Rob Wheatley had several studies on this topic.
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In the first study, volunteers daily offered their prayers to God. This group of people has decreased depressive states, increased self-esteem and satisfaction with life.
In another study, a similar experiment was conducted, but with patients in a psychiatric institution. The results of the study were almost the same. Some of the volunteers reported that prayers helped them get rid of a mental disorder.
Whitley asked his colleagues and patients to pray daily, and then share the results. As a result, everyone noted that their attitude towards life became better: some fears, worries and far-fetched problems disappeared.
The psychiatrist recommends especially often praying to people who are isolated from society or are lonely.