Exercising the brain is like exercising the body. You don’t grow new muscles, you just keep the ones you have in better shape. The same holds true for spiritual development. If you want to excel, keep practicing, and you will continue to have spiritual beliefs. Without practice, you’ll probably become more secular. Adults tend to become less religious around age 30; by age 60 they tend to pray half as much and have less certainty (about 50 percent) that God exists. Beginning around age 50, however, there is an increase in organized religious activities which provide older individuals with essential social connections. This, in turn, tends to enhance health and extend life. (Levenson, M.R., et al. “Religious development from adolescence to middle adulthood.” Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. NY: Guilford, 2005)

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