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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EMERGING MARKETS-China factory surveys lift stocks, currencies steady

By Nikhil Nainan

Sept 30 (Reuters)More evidence that China’s economy is rebounding lifted Asia’s emerging stock markets on Wednesday with Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan all following Shanghai stocks around half a percent higher.

A holiday in South Korea and the start of a week-long break in China on Thursday kept trading subdued, with the action in the U.S. presidential debate late on Tuesday failing to stir much movement from investors globally.

Two surveys showed China’s factory activity, a bellwether for the region, still firmly in growth territory in September.

“The data continues to provide evidence of China’s economic resilience both in the manufacturing and services sector,” Mitul Kotecha, a senior emerging markets strategist at TD Securities, said.

“The strength of the trade components was encouraging, suggesting that exports and imports will continue to improve, which is also positive for the rest of Asia.”

In line

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