Having Life More Abundantly: Caring for the Body, Mind and Spirit

36 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2005  

Thomas D. Jeitschko

Michigan State University - Department of Economics

Seamus O'Connell

Maynooth College - Faculty of Theology

Rowena Pecchenino

NUI Maynooth - Department of Economics

Date Written: May 30, 2005

Abstract

An individual's health can be subdivided into three categories: physical health, mental health, and psychic health. Extensive empirical work has shown that the health of the spirit, that is, psychic health, is an important correlate of the health of the body and the mind. To trace the linkages between one's choices concerning the disposition of one's income and time and one's health and well-being broadly defined, we develop a model which allows us to compare individuals with differing spirituality characteristics. While subjective well-being is increasing in one's spirituality, the more spiritual may not be healthier than their less spiritual peers. Those whose faith provides a superior ability to cope with stress and illness, via spiritual capital or a sense of coherence, will have both higher levels of health and subjective well-being. But, these positive health effects are not directly amenable to exploitation by public policy - faith, although nurtured by the Church, cannot be mandated by the State.

Keywords: Spirituality, spiritual capital, sense of coherence, health and well-being

JEL Classification: I19

Suggested Citation

Jeitschko, Thomas D. and O'Connell, Seamus and Pecchenino, Rowena, Having Life More Abundantly: Caring for the Body, Mind and Spirit (May 30, 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=732504 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.732504

Thomas D. Jeitschko

Michigan State University - Department of Economics ( email )

110 Marshall-Adams Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
United States
517-355-8302 (Phone)
517-432-1068 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.msu.edu/~jeitschk/

Seamus O'Connell

Maynooth College - Faculty of Theology ( email )

2nd Floor
Iontas Building
Maynooth, County Kildare
Ireland

Rowena Pecchenino (Contact Author)

NUI Maynooth - Department of Economics ( email )

County Kildare
Ireland
35317083751 (Phone)
35317083934 (Fax)

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