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date: 22 September 2017

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Annette Mahoney, Kenneth Pargamont, and Krystal Hernandez draw attention to aspects of ordinary life that can be viewed as spiritually sanctified. Their chapter shows that finding the sacred in everyday life is a very common experience. This work draws on the authors' decades of work on the nature and effects of religious belief and practice. Here they examine the sanctification of striving, marriage, parenting, work, sex, the body, and nature; all areas that people imbue with a sense of the sacred whether from a belief in a divine presence in their life or a sacred quality. Generally they find that areas imbued with sacred qualities are associated with enhanced positive functioning in those areas, though this does not hold for everyone when something goes wrong. They note that the sanctification of life is not necessarily associated with greater life satisfaction; rather that well-being is associated with something greater than personal happiness and satisfaction.

Keywords: religion, spirituality, sanctification, well-being

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