Friday, 29 February 2008

Fairies at the bottom of the garden

Bad news for skeptics.

Research in America shows that spirituality is a major contributor to children's overall happiness.

Spirituality -- defined as an inner belief system -- accounted for eight to 17 per cent of the average child's sense of happiness, the study showed. By contrast, money, the marital status of parents and the child's gender didn't even register one per cent.

Yet spirituality isn’t the same thing as religion of course – it could just as well be “imaginary friends” or “fairies at the bottom of the garden”.

But the inference is clear. Perhaps we do need something to believe in. And of course for many adults that will be some sort of theistic beliefs.

But probably not fairies at the bottom of the garden...