Smartphone surveys find a connection between daily spiritual experiences and well-being

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Using smartphone check-ins twice a day for two weeks, sociologists in a national study have found a link between individuals’ daily spiritual experiences and overall well-being, say researchers from Baylor University and Harvard University.

While other studies have found such a connection between spirituality and positive emotions, the new study is significant because frequent texting made it easier to capture respondents’ moment-to-moment spiritual experiences over 14 days rather than only one or two points in time, they say.

“This study is unique because it examines daily spiritual experiences—such as feeling God’s presence, finding strength in religion or spirituality, and feeling inner peace and harmony—as both stable traits and as states that fluctuate,” said study co-author Matt Bradshaw, Ph.D., research professor of sociology at Baylor University Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR).

“Because surveys usually capture only one or two points in time, researchers often have to

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ACI Worldwide and Mastercard to Collaborate and Advance New Payment Solutions and Experiences for Customers

ACI and Mastercard will begin their collaboration by working together to offer industry-leading technology and expertise to central banks, scheme operators and market participants to fast-track the migration and modernization of real-time payment solutions around the world

ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ: ACIW), a leading global provider of real-time digital payment software and solutions, and Mastercard, the global multi-rail payments technology company, today announced that they will partner to provide a wide range of real-time payment solutions globally. They will initially collaborate to offer best-in-class central infrastructure, payments localization and access solutions to central banks, scheme operators, financial institutions, payment service providers, and other organizations launching real-time payments initiatives.

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The real-time account-to-account payments market continues to quickly expand. Prime Time for Real-Time — a recent study analyzing global real-time, account-to-account payment volumes and forecasts across 30 global markets — projects a

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HAGS Announces $1M Seed Funding Led by GV with Participation from BoxGroup to Bring New Digital Experiences to Gen-Z – Press Release

NEW YORK–(Business Wire)–HAGS, the company building creative and fun digital experiences for Gen-Z students, today announced $1M in seed funding led by GV, with participation from BoxGroup and several angel investors. The company’s first product, HAGS: Yearbook Signatures, launched in summer 2020 and enabled tens of thousands of high school students to sign their friends’ yearbooks through Snapchat. With students across the globe transitioning to remote and hybrid high school experiences this year, the HAGS team is expanding its product to include new app features that connect students and their peers in a virtual setting.

HAGS brings fun and delight into the school day through imaginative interfaces. The company works with over 200+ high school ambassadors across the U.S. as they continue to deliver products and experiences created by and for Gen-Z. HAGS will launch its new digital classrooms in beta in six high schools in California, and students at

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