Effect is found regardless of religion
Source: American Psychological Association
People who believe in oneness, the idea that everything in the world is connected and interdependent, appear to have greater life satisfaction than those who don't, regardless of whether they belong to a religion or don't, according to new research.
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.
Researchers found a significant correlation between scores on her oneness scale and the concepts associated with oneness, suggesting that it was a valid measure of the concept.
More important, she also found that people with higher oneness scores reported significantly greater life satisfaction.
Many people today practice yoga, meditation, action sports and other activities that aim at achieving a state of oneness or flow
Strengthening the more general belief in the oneness of everything has the potential to enhance peoples' lives and might even be more effective than traditional religious beliefs and practices at improving life satisfaction.